Definition of lymph in English:



  • 1Physiology
    A colorless fluid containing white blood cells, that bathes the tissues and drains through the lymphatic system into the bloodstream.

    • ‘This injection also identifies the lymphatic basins, nodal areas, and respective lymph draining sites that are considered to be at risk for metastases.’
    • ‘This includes cell salts, fatty tissue, lymph, red and white blood cells, two glands of the endocrine system and even the bones.’
    • ‘The lymph drained from the small intestine has an additional function: it carries the fats absorbed from the food.’
    • ‘In contrast to lymph nodes, the thymus contains no lymph sinuses or afferent lymphatic vessels.’
    • ‘The lymphatic system is a network of very fine vessels or tubes called lymphatics that drain lymph from all over the body.’
    1. 1.1 Fluid exuding from a sore or inflamed tissue.
      • ‘In 1798, the British physician Edward Jenner used a milkmaid's lymph containing cowpox virus to vaccinate a child.’
      • ‘Even better, the following morning, Hartz quietly escorted [him] into von Bergmann's clinical wards to examine the patients who had received Koch's lymph.’
      • ‘No patient died during the period of lymph sampling.’
      • ‘Legs become scaly, swollen, and exude lymph fluid.’
      • ‘He did not know the specific infective agent but was certain that a treatment would soon be available in the form of a ‘vaccine of Pasteur or lymph of Koch.’’
  • 2literary Pure water.

    • ‘I refreshed myself in the mid-day heat by drinking its pure lymph from the hollow of my hand, and gazed with long and insatiable delight upon the memorable fountain.’


Late 16th century ( lymph): from French lymphe or Latin lympha, limpa water.