A vessel that contains or conveys lymph, that originates as an interfibrillar or intercellular cleft or space in a tissue or organ, and that if small has no distinct walls or walls composed only of endothelial cells and if large resembles a vein in structure[BTO]. [ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lymphatic_vessel ]

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Term information

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uberon_slim, efo_slim, pheno_slim, vertebrate_core

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external definition

A vessel that contains or conveys lymph.[AAO]
A network of blunt ended vessels lacking direct connection to the blood vascular system. These vessels collect and drain fluids and macromolecules from interstitial spaces throughout the animal. They derive from a subpopulation of endothelial cells and have walls that are much thinner than the blood carrying vessels. Lymphatic vessels are usually classified as either superficial or deep.[TAO]

has exact synonym

lymph vessel

has related synonym

vas lymphaticum

homology notes

Tetrapods have evolved distinct lymphatic systems, in which lymphatic capillaries help drain most of the tissues of the body.[well established][VHOG]