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Lymphatic System

Lymphatic System

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Lymphatic System
Assists the cardiovascular system by transportingexcess interstitial fluid (lymph) through lymphaticvessels.
Lymph is filtered and checked for foreign or pathologicmaterial, such as cancer cells and bacteria.
Lymphatic structures contain certain cells that initiatean immune response to abnormal materials andperform other functions essential to homeostasis andsurvival.
Without the primary immune response by thelymphatic system, the body would be unable to fightinfection and keep itself healthy.
unctions of the Lymphatic System
luid and nutrient transport, lymphocytedevelopment, and the immune response.
Reabsorbs excess interstitial fluid and returns it tothe venous circulation in order to maintain bloodvolume levels and prevent interstitial fluid levelsfrom rising out of control.
Transport dietary lipids which are transportedthrough tiny lymphatic vessels calledlacteals,whichdrain into larger lymphatic vesselsand eventually into the bloodstream.

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