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lymphatic

[lim-fat-ik] /lɪmˈfæt ɪk/
adjective
1.
pertaining to, containing, or conveying lymph.
2.
(of persons) having the characteristics, as flabbiness or sluggishness, formerly believed to be due to an excess of lymph in the system.
noun
3.
a lymphatic vessel.
Origin
1640-1650
1640-50; < Neo-Latin lymphāticus. See lymph-, -atic
Related forms
lymphatically, adverb
nonlymphatic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for lymphatically

lymphatic

/lɪmˈfætɪk/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or containing lymph: the lymphatic vessels
2.
of or relating to the lymphatic system
3.
sluggish or lacking vigour
noun
4.
a lymphatic vessel
Derived Forms
lymphatically, adverb
Word Origin
C17 (meaning: mad): from Latin lymphāticus. Original meaning perhaps arose from a confusion between nymph and lymph; compare Greek numphaleptos frenzied
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Word Origin and History for lymphatically

lymphatic

adj.

1640s, from Latin lymphaticus, from lympha (see lymph). Also sometimes used in the classical Latin sense "mad, frenzied," which was the primary sense of lymphaticus in Latin: OED reports this "difficult to account for," but perhaps due to association of lympha with nymphe; cf. Greek nymphian "to be frenzy-stricken."

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lymphatically in Medicine

lymphatic lym·phat·ic (lĭm-fāt'ĭk)
adj.
Of or relating to lymph, a lymph node, or a lymphatic vessel. n.
A lymphatic vessel.

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