Lymphatic System

The lymphatic system returns approximately 3.17 quarts of
fluid each day from tissues to the circulatory system.

Major Organs

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Functions

  • Removes interstitial fluid from tissues
  • absorbs fatty acids and fats as chyles and transports it to the circulatory system
  • transports immune cells to and from the lymph nodes to the bone
  • The lymph transports antigen-presenting cells, to the lymph nodes where an immune response is stimulated

Lymph Composition

The composition of a lymph is very similar to to blood plasma. Lymph though has a lower concentration of proteins and specifically different proteins than plasma. Lymph contains leukocytes and lymphocytes.