What is lymph

Arteriole

Capillary

Venule

Arteriole

Capillary

Venule

Plasma escapes capillary to bathe tissue cells

Waste products pass out of cell into capillary

Plasma escapes capillary to bathe tissue cells

Nutrients pass into cells

Nutrients pass into cells

Waste products pass out of cell into capillary

Tissue fluid

Excess fluid drains into lymph vessels

Excess fluid drains into lymph vessels

Fig 6.1 The connection between blood and lymph

The connection between blood and lymph

Artery carrying blood from lungs to heart

Lymphatic vessels

Lymph node

Veins carrying blood from body tissues to heart

Artery carrying blood from lungs to heart

Lymphatic vessels

Lymph node

Veins carrying blood from body tissues to heart

Lung

Vein carrying blood from lungs to heart

Lymph capillary

Arteries carrying blood from heart to body tissues

Tissues around the body

Lung

Vein carrying blood from lungs to heart

Lymph capillary

Arteries carrying blood from heart to body tissues

Tissues around the body

Fig 6.2 How the lymphatic system works

The lymphatic system is, therefore, often referred to as a secondary circulatory system as it consists of a network of vessels that assist the blood in returning fluid from the tissues back to the heart. In this way, the lymphatic system is a complementary system for the circulatory system. After draining the tissues of excess fluid, the lymphatic system returns this fluid to the cardiovascular system. This helps to maintain blood volume, blood pressure and prevent oedema.

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