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Peter J. Russell + 2 others
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Peter J. Russell + 2 others
ISBN: 9781305389892
Textbook Problem

What is lymph, and how does it enter the lymph capillaries?

Summary Introduction

To review:

The definition of lymph and the way it enters the lymph capillaries.

Introduction:

The lymphatic system is a network of vessels that drains lymph from tissues into the blood. This network passes through almost all tissues and organs of the body. It is a part of the immune system. It helps in the absorption of fat, fat-soluble nutrients, and also maintains fluid balance.

Explanation

The lymph is a colorless fluid that flows through the vessels, nodes, and capillaries of the lymphatic system. It is formed when the interstitial fluid (fluid that is present between spaces of every tissue) is picked up by the lymphatic system.

The lymphatic capillaries are the smallest vessels of the lymphatic system. They are closely intermixed and distributed throughout the body. The diameter of the lymph capillaries is larger than blood capillaries. They have closed ends, and the unique structure of capillaries allows the interstitial fluid to move inside, but not outside. The walls of lymph capillaries consist of endothelial cells and are surrounded by collagen fibers...

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