lachrymal

/ˈlækrəməl/ (say 'lakruhmuhl)

adjective
1. of or relating to tears; producing tears.
2. characterised by tears; indicative of weeping.
3. Anatomy, etc. denoting, relating to, or situated near the glands, ducts, or the like, concerned in the secretion or conveyance of tears.
noun
4. (plural) Anatomy tear-secreting glands.
5. a lachrymatory.
Also, lacrimal. {Medieval Latin lachrymālis, lacrimālis, from Latin lacrima tear}

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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  • Lachrymal — Lach ry*mal, a. [Cf. F. lacrymal. See {Lachrymose}.] 1. Of or pertaining to tears; as, lachrymal effusions. [1913 Webster] 2. (Anat.) Pertaining to, or secreting, tears; as, the lachrymal gland. [1913 Webster] 3. (Anat.) Pertaining to the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Lachrymal — Lach ry*mal, Lacrymal Lac ry*mal, n. See {Lachrymatory}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lachrymal — also lachrimal, early 15c., from M.L. lacrimalis, from L. lacrima (see LACHRYMOSE (Cf. lachrymose)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • lachrymal — (also lacrimal or lacrymal) ► ADJECTIVE 1) formal or literary connected with weeping or tears. 2) Physiology & Anatomy concerned with the secretion of tears. ORIGIN Latin lachrymalis, from lacrima tear …   English terms dictionary

  • lachrymal — [lak′ri məl] adj. [ML lacrimalis < L lacrima, TEAR2] 1. of, characterized by, or producing tears 2. LACRIMAL (sense 1) n. LACHRYMATORY …   English World dictionary

  • lachrymal — adj. & n. (also lacrimal, lacrymal) adj. 1 literary of or for tears. 2 (usu. as lacrimal) Anat. concerned in the secretion of tears (lacrimal canal; lacrimal duct). n. 1 = lachrymal vase. 2 (in pl.) (usu. as lacrimals) the lacrimal organs.… …   Useful english dictionary

  • lachrymal — Lachrymatory Lach ry*ma*to*ry, n.; pl. {ries}. [Cf. F. lacrymatoire.] (Antiq.) A tear bottle; a narrow necked vessel found in sepulchers of the ancient Romans; so called from a former notion that the tears of the deceased person s friends were… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lachrymal — /lak reuh meuhl/, adj. 1. of or pertaining to tears. 2. producing tears. 3. characterized by tears; indicative of weeping. 4. Anat. lacrimal (def. 2). n. 5. Also called lachrymal bone. Anat. See lacrimal bone. 6. lachrymatory ( …   Universalium

  • lachrymal — adjective Of or relating to tears, or the tear glands. See Also: lachrymal gland, lachrymatory, lachrymose …   Wiktionary

  • lachrymal — lach·ry·mal || lækrɪml n. (Anatomy) lachrymal bone (bone of the inner corner of the eye); vessel used to collect the tears of the bereaved adj. of or pertaining to tears; producing tears, secreting tears; lacrimal, of or near the organs which …   English contemporary dictionary

  • lachrymal — adjective technical connected with tears: lachrymal glands …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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