Lymphatic Lym*phat"ic, a. [L. lymphaticus distracted, frantic: cf. F. lymphatique] pertaining to, containing, or conveying lymph. [1913 Webster]

2. Madly enthusiastic; frantic. [Obs.] `` Lymphatic rapture. '' --Sir T. Herbert. [See {Lymphate}.] [1913 Webster]

{Lymphatic gland} (Anat.), one of the solid glandlike bodies connected with the lymphatics or the lacteals; -- called also {lymphatic ganglion}, and {conglobate gland}.

{Lymphatic temperament} (Old Physiol.), a temperament in which the lymphatic system seems to predominate, that is, a system in which the complexion lacks color and the tissues seem to be of loose texture; hence, a temperament lacking energy, inactive, indisposed to exertion or excitement. See {Temperament}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • Lymphatic — Lym*phat ic, n. 1. (Anat.) One of the lymphatic or absorbent vessels, which carry lymph and discharge it into the veins; lymph duct; lymphatic duct. [1913 Webster] 2. A mad enthusiast; a lunatic. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lymphatic — [lim fat′ik] adj. [ModL lymphaticus < L lympha: see LYMPH & ATIC] 1. of, containing, or conveying lymph 2. of, or caused by improper functioning of, the lymph nodes 3. sluggish; without energy: a sluggish condition was formerly thought to be… …   English World dictionary

  • lymphatic — index languid, otiose, phlegmatic, ponderous Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • lymphatic — (adj.) 1640s, from L. lymphaticus, from lympha (see LYMPH (Cf. 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… …   Etymology dictionary

  • lymphatic — ► ADJECTIVE 1) relating to lymph or its secretion. 2) archaic (of a person) pale, flabby, or sluggish. ► NOUN ▪ a vein like vessel conveying lymph in the body. ORIGIN originally in the sense frenzied, mad : from Greek numphol ptos seized by… …   English terms dictionary

  • lymphatic — 1. Pertaining to lymph. 2. A vascular channel that transports lymph. 3. Sometimes used to pertain to a sluggish or phlegmatic characteristic. SYN: vas lymphaticum. [L. lymphaticus, frenzied; Mod. L. use, of or for lymph] afferent l. a l. vessel… …   Medical dictionary

  • lymphatic — 1) n. a lymphatic vessel. See: lymphatic system 2) adj. relating to or transporting lymph …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • lymphatic — /lɪmˈfætɪk/ (say lim fatik) adjective 1. relating to, containing, or conveying lymph: a lymphatic vessel. 2. denoting, relating to, or having a temperament characterised by sluggishness of thought and action, formerly supposed to be due to an… …   Australian English dictionary

  • lymphatic — adj. & n. adj. 1 of or secreting or conveying lymph (lymphatic gland). 2 (of a person) pale, flabby, or sluggish. n. a veinlike vessel conveying lymph. Phrases and idioms: lymphatic system a network of vessels conveying lymph. Etymology: orig. =… …   Useful english dictionary

  • lymphatic — lymphatically, adv. /lim fat ik/, adj. 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. n. 3. a lymphatic …   Universalium

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