- 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 entering, or bringing lymph to, a node. SYN: afferent vessel (3), vas lymphaticum afferens.- efferent l. SYN: vas efferens (1).
* * *lym·phat·ic lim-'fat-ik adj1 a) of, relating to, or produced by lymph, lymphoid tissue, or lymphocytes <\lymphatic nodules> <\lymphatic infiltration>b) conveying lymph <a \lymphatic channel>2) lacking physical or mental energylym·phat·i·cal·ly -i-k(ə-)lē advlymphatic n a vessel that contains or conveys lymph, that originates as an interfibrillar or intercellular cleft or space in a tissue or organ, and that if small has no distinct walls or walls composed only of endothelial cells and if large resembles a vein in structure called also lymphatic vessel, lymph vessel see THORACIC DUCT
* * *2. adj. relating to or transporting lymph.
* * *lym·phat·ic (lim-fatґik) [L. lymphaticus] 1. pertaining to lymph or a lymph vessel. 2. a lymphatic vessel. 3. (pl.) the lymphatic system. 4. of a sluggish or phlegmatic temperament.
Medical dictionary. 2011.