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Lymph is the slightly yellow, transparent fluid of alkaline reaction, collected from the tissues of the body, courses through the lymph vessels and slowly passes (passage speeded by exercise) through the lymph nodes before joining the venous blood circulation. It is occasionally of a light rose color from the presence of red blood corpuscles, and is often opalescent from particles of fat. Under the microscope, lymph is seen to consist of a liquid portion and of cells, most of which are lyphocytes. Lymph is collected from all parts of the body and returned to the blood via the lymphatic system.

Stedman, Thomas Lathrop. Stedman's Medical Dictionary. 24th edition. Baltimore: Williams and Wilkins, 1982.

Taylor, E.J., Dorland's Illustrated Medical Dictionary 27th Edition, W.B. Saunders, Co. Publishing, Philadelphia, page 177. 1988.


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