Definition of lachrymator in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈlakrɪˌmeɪtə/
(also lacrimator)


chiefly Medicine
A substance that irritates the eyes and causes tears to flow.
Example sentences
  • This lachrymator dissolves in eye fluids and produces small amounts of irritating sulfuric acid.
  • What is more, chemical tear gas lachrymators are considered by some to have long term carcinogenic properties.
  • The student exposed to the lachrymator was not wearing eye protection.
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