haemolymph


haemolymph
Circulating body fluid of invertebrates such as insects that have a haemocoel - sinuses and spaces between organs - rather than a closed circulatory system. Cells in the haemolymph are usually referred to as haemocytes. Unlike vertebrate blood cells haemocytes do not have an oxygen-carrying function, and subclasses are phagocytic with an immune function, thus resembling the granulocytes of vertebrates.

Dictionary of molecular biology. 2004.

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