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10.01: Objectives

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


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