Lymphatic System: overview

The lymphatic system is a complex network of lymphoid organs, lymph nodes, lymph ducts, lymphatic tissues, lymph capillaries and lymph vessels that produce and transport lymph fluid from tissues to the circulatory system. The lymphatic system is a major part of the immune system.
The lymphatic system has three interrelated functions:

(1) removal of excess fluids from body tissues

(2) absorption of fatty acids and subsequent transport of fat, as chyle, to the circulatory system

(3) production of immune cells such as lymphocytes (e.g. antibody producing plasma cells) and monocytes

Lymphatic System




lymp nodes names

Thymus of a full term fetus

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Understanding the lymphatic system
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Lymph node detailed structure:

lymph node

Thymus gland detailed structure:

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