from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Variant of lachrymal.

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  • adj. Alternative spelling of lachrymal.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • See lacrymal.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of or relating to tears
  • adj. relating to or located near the organ that produces tears


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From Latin lācrima, "tear"


  • Fleming had earlier made a study of different substances which prevent the growth of bacteria and, inter alia, had come upon one in lacrimal fluid and saliva, the so-called lysozyme.

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  • Indeed, brain regions associated with emotional arousal, including areas of the hypothalamus and basal ganglia, are connected to a section of the brainstem called the lacrimal nucleus that stimulates tear production.

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  • On our eyes there is tear duct, the biggest one is called lacrimal, its job is to produce tear. New Blogs and RSS Feeds

  • Subspecialty procedures include surgical correction of complex strabismus, ocular and orbital tumors, lacrimal abnormalities, congenital and acquired orbital and eyelid problems, pediatric cataract and intraocular lens implantation, pediatric glaucoma surgery, and pediatric retinal surgery.

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  • Exposure to ultrasonography, CT scanning, MRI and lacrimal scintigraphy are an active part of the oculoplastic fellowship training program.


  • So, as I write, yellowy green goo is building up in my lacrimal system and requires repetitive and tender cleaning every half hour or so, which is fun.

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  • Besides, as an ophthalmologist, you get paid six times as much just for flushing out a plugged lacrimal duct as I would for an hour-long evaluation and management visit, including intense counseling on obesity management as well as other health matters, so it's not really worth your time.

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  • The nasal bones extend toward the back of the skull as ridges, and then join with the lacrimal bones to form a grooved crest which extends perpendicularly from the skull.

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  • The conjunctiva is kept moist by the secretions ( "tears") of the tear glands, a name that is Latinized to lacrimal glands ( "tear" L).

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  • In response to strong emotions the lacrimal glands are particularly active, and secrete tears past the capacity of the lacrimal ducts, even at their best, to dispose of them.

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