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Lymphatic System

The lymphatic system consists of two functions: (1) to help maintain a proper fluid balance by removing excess fluid from the interstitial spaces that exist between cells and within most body tissues, and (2) to help defend the body against infection.
______ run parallel to the capillaries of the circulatory system. They are microscopic tubes that extend into the spaces within the body tissues (interstitial spaces). Like blood capillaries, ______ have a thin membrane wall. Lymphatic capillaries
Lymphatic capillaries merge and form ______. These vessels are similar to the veins in structure. lymphatic vessels
The larger lymphatic vessels lead to special organs called ____. _____ act as the filters of the lymphatic system. lymph nodes
The vessels that lead into the node are called ______. afferent lymphatic vessels
The vessels that lead out of the node are known as ______. efferent lymphatic vessels
After lymphatic vessels pass through the lymph nodes, they merge to form larger vessels known as _____. Each of these trunks is named according to the body region that it serves. lymphatic trunks
The _____ is a lymphatic organ with a function closely related to that of the lymph nodes. It is located in the mediastinum, anterior to the aorta and posterior to the sternum. The _____ extends from the base of the neck to the pericardium. thymus
Like the thymus, the __ is a specialized organ of the lymphatic system with a function similar to that of the lymph nodes. The __ is the largest lymphatic organ. It is located in the upper left quadrant of the abdomen, inferior to the diaphragm and post spleen
Excess fluid from the body tissues enters the lymphatic capillaries. Once the fluid is inside the capillaries, it is known as _____. lymph
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