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Introduction: Lymph

Lymph is a fluid that is circulated by the lymphatic system. It is part of the immune system and lymph contains immune system white blood cells. The nodes of the lymphatic system called lymph nodes are better known because they swell in response to infection (see swollen lymph nodes).

Descriptions of Lymph

Lymph: The clear fluid that travels through the lymphatic system and carries cells that help fight infections and other diseases. Also called lymphatic fluid.
Source: National Institute of Health

Lymph : transparent slightly yellow fluid found in the lymphatic vessels; contains lymphocytes; it is derived from the tissue fluids, collected from all parts of the body and returned to the blood via the lymphatic system.
Source: CRISP

Article Excerpts about Lymph

The biochemical make up of lymph --- the fluid found in the lymphatic vessels --- varies with the site of origin. For example, lymph from bone marrow, spleen, and thymus have high concentrations of white blood cells for fighting infection, while lymph from intestines is high in fat that has been absorbed during digestion.

Summary Information: Lymph

Lymph: Lymph is a part of the immune system. Lymph is a fluid made up of lymphocytes and water that collects and moves damaged cells, cancer cells, and pathogens, such as bacteria and viruses, to the lymph nodes to be filtered out of the general circulation. Lymph flows from body tissues into the lymph capillaries. From the lymph capillaries it flows to the lymphatics where it drains into lymph nodes. The lymph nodes then filter out potentially harmful pathogens and microorganisms from lymph fluid before it is returned to the venous circulatory system.

Conditions that can afflict lymph include lymphedema and elephantiasis.

Lymph: A transparent, slightly yellow liquid found in the lymphatic vessels. Lymph is collected from tissue fluids throughout the body and returned to the blood via the lymphatic system. (Source: excerpt from NHLBI, Facts About Lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM): NHLBI)

Closely Related Organs: Lymph

The following organs are closely related to the organ: Lymph:

Conditions Afflicting Organs: Lymph

The following conditions are related to the organ: Lymph:

Symptoms Related to Afflictions of: Lymph

These symptoms are related to afflictions of the organ: Lymph:

  • Swelling/edema in the extremities
  • Thick ridged skin

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Organ types: Lymphatic system (9)

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