lymph node(limf node)*
Español: ganglio linfático

Definition:
A rounded mass of lymphatic tissue that is surrounded by a capsule of connective tissue. Lymph nodes filter lymph (lymphatic fluid), and they store lymphocytes (white blood cells). They are located along lymphatic vessels. Also called lymph gland.

Espanol:
Masa redondeada de tejido linfático rodeada por una cápsula de tejido conjuntivo. Los ganglios linfáticos filtran la linfa (líquido linfático), y almacenan los linfocitos (glóbulos blancos). Están ubicados a lo largo de los vasos linfáticos. También se llama glándula linfática.


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Lymph system; drawing shows the lymph vessels and lymph organs including the lymph nodes, tonsils, thymus, spleen, and bone marrow.  One inset shows the inside structure of a lymph node and the attached lymph vessels with arrows showing how the lymph (clear fluid) moves into and out of the lymph node. Another inset shows a close up of bone marrow with blood cells.
Anatomy of the lymph system, showing the lymph vessels and lymph organs including lymph nodes, tonsils, thymus, spleen, and bone marrow. Lymph (clear fluid) and lymphocytes travel through the lymph vessels and into the lymph nodes where the lymphocytes destroy harmful substances. The lymph enters the blood through a large vein near the heart.

* Source: The National Cancer Institute's Dictionary of Cancer Terms http://www.cancer.gov/dictionary