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Lymphatic Fluid

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Lymphatic fluid moves within the body through a system of capillaries, vessels, nodes and ducts. Through simple body movements and the action of breathing the fluid is moved along by the contraction of the skeletal muscles. The fluid moves in one direction towards the heart. Lymph capillaries merge to form larger vessels. These vessels have thin walls with a smooth layer of muscle which help to pump the lymph along. The lymph capillaries run alongside the blood vessels, tissue fluid passes out of the spaces between cells and through the walls of the lymph capillaries. These then merge into larger vessels. Eventually the fluid enters the thoracic duct and empties into the blood circulatory system before the
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