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lymphatic system

Anatomy, Zoology. the system by which lymph is returned from the cells to the blood and by which white blood cells are produced in response to inflammation or presence of antigens; in mammals, the system includes the lymph glands, vessels and sinuses through which lymph is carried, and lymphoid tissues, as bone marrow and the thymus.
Also called lymph system.
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  • But there are hints that they may lurk in the lymphatic system as well, including the white blood cells.
  • It's important to not sleep in a flat position to allow your lymphatic system to drain.
  • The spleen is usually included in this list and sometimes the lymph and hemolymph nodes described with the lymphatic system.
  • The disease was tightening its grip, attacking his skin and his lymphatic system.
  • The tracer or dye then flows through the lymphatic system into the sentinel node.
  • But any cancer patient whose lymphatic system has been damaged by radiation or the removal of lymph nodes is vulnerable.
  • The discovery endangers a prominent theory about the origin of the mysterious disease, a cancer of the lymphatic system.
  • Within a matter of hours the bacteria will have taken over the entire lymphatic system.
  • Cancer cells can also break away from the tumor and enter the bloodstream or the lymphatic system.
British Dictionary definitions for lymphatic system

lymphatic system

an extensive network of capillary vessels that transports the interstitial fluid of the body as lymph to the venous blood circulation
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lymphatic system in Medicine

lymphatic system n.
The interconnected system of spaces and vessels between body tissues and organs by which lymph circulates throughout the body.

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lymphatic system in Science
lymphatic system
A network of vessels, tissues, and organs in vertebrate animals that helps the body regulate fluid balance and fight infection. The vessels of the lymphatic system drain excess fluid, called lymph, from the tissues and return it to the circulating blood. Lymphocytes circulate throughout the lymphatic system.
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lymphatic system in Culture
lymphatic system [(lim-fat-ik)]

The network of small vessels and tissue spaces that move lymph throughout the body. The lymphatic system has several functions, including filtering out harmful bacteria; manufacturing white blood cells (white blood cells are produced by the lymph nodes); distributing nutrients to the cells of the body; helping to maintain the body's fluid balance by draining off excess fluids so that tissues do not swell; and assisting in the digestion of fats.

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