lymphatic system

Pronunciation: (lim-FA-tik SIS-tem)

The tissues and organs that produce, store, and carry white blood cells that fight infections and other diseases. This system includes the bone marrow, spleen, thymus, lymph nodes, and lymphatic vessels (a network of thin tubes that carry lymph and white blood cells). Lymphatic vessels branch, like blood vessels, into all the tissues of the body.

Definition from: Cancer.gov

Anatomy of the lymph system, showing the lymph vessels and lymph organs including lymph nodes, tonsils, thymus, spleen, and bone marrow. Lymph (clear fluid) and lymphocytes travel through the lymph vessels and into the lymph nodes where the lymphocytes destroy harmful substances. The lymph enters the blood through a large vein near the heart.Anatomía del sistema linfático; se muestran los vasos linfáticos y los órganos linfáticos, incluidos los ganglios linfáticos, las amígdalas, el timo, el bazo y la médula ósea. La linfa (un líquido claro) y los linfocitos se desplazan a través de los vasos linfáticos hasta los ganglios linfáticos, donde los linfocitos destruyen las sustancias que son dañinas. La linfa entra en la sangre a través de una vena grande cerca del corazón. Date last modified: 2010-01-29