Definition of epiphora in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɪˈpɪf(ə)rə/


[mass noun]
1 Medicine Excessive watering of the eye.
Example sentences
  • The eye is the most sensitive organ in riot control because CS causes epiphora, blepharospasm, a burning sensation, and visual problems.
  • This results in tears pooling in the cul-de-sac produced by the lower lid ectropion and resultant epiphora.
  • These tumours tend to go unnoticed until obstruction or compression of structures occurs, resulting in symptoms such as diplopia, epiphora or nasal obstruction.
2 Rhetoric another term for epistrophe.


Late 16th century (in sense 2): via Latin from Greek epi 'upon' + pherein 'to bear or carry'.

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