Definition of lachrymal in English:


Syllabification: lach·ry·mal
Pronunciation: /ˈlakrəməl
(also lacrimal or lacrymal)


  • 1 formal or • literary Connected with weeping or tears.
  • 2 (usually lacrimal) Physiology & Anatomy Concerned with the secretion of tears: lacrimal cells
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    • From the lacrimal sacs, tears move down through the nasolacrimal duct and drain into the back of the nose.
    • A simple and easy-to-perform test assessing the function of the lacrimal glands is the Schirmer's test.
    • This will consequently elevate the lacrimal punctum into a more favourable position so that the tear film will drain into it more readily.


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  • 1 (usually lacrimal or lacrimal bone) Anatomy A small bone forming part of the eye socket.
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    • The area corresponding to the lacrimals, prefrontals and posterior nasals is difficult to recognise.
    • The lacrimal bones are thin bones that form the anterior portion of the medial walls of the individual orbits.
    • The lacrimal bone is a small and fragile bone at the inner orbit of the eye through which the lacrimal duct runs.


late Middle English (in sense 2 of the adjective): from medieval Latin lachrymalis, from Latin lacrima 'tear'.

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