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10: Lymphatic System

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    After completing this section, you should know:

    • the function of the lymphatic system
    • what the terms tissue fluid, lymph, lymphocyte and lymphatic mean
    • how lymph is formed and what is in it
    • the basic structure and function of a lymph node and the position of some important lymph nodes in the body
    • the route by which lymph circulates in the body and is returned to the blood system
    • the location and function of the spleen, thymus and lacteals

    Thumbnail: The lymphatic system, lymph vessels and lymph nodes. (Public Domain; NIH- a US government agency).

    Contributors and Attributions

    • Ruth Lawson (Otago Polytechnic; Dunedin, New Zealand)