lach·​ry·​mal | \ ˈla-krə-məl How to pronounce lachrymal (audio) \
variants: or lacrimal

Definition of lachrymal

1 usually lacrimal : of, relating to, or being glands that produce tears
2 : of, relating to, or marked by tears

Examples of lachrymal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For the next two centuries, scientists mapped the anatomy of crying, leaving their names, like tiny explorer’s flags, on the topography of the lachrymal system. Maureen Stanton, Longreads, "Through a Glass, Tearfully," 17 Jan. 2020 But the lachrymal saber, a unique aspect of these fish, had somehow gone overlooked. Troy Farah, Smithsonian, "Why Did a Venomous Fish Evolve a Glowing Eye Spike?," 29 Mar. 2018 In June 2010, Lantieri removed Hamon’s entire face, including his eyelids and lachrymal system. Tanguy Garrel-jaffrelot,, "Frenchman is first in world to get two full face transplants," 20 Apr. 2018 Acetylcholine binds to receptors in your brain that send signals to the lachrymal glands—small glands that live beneath the bony rim of your eyes, explains Dr. Chan. Marygrace Taylor, SELF, "This Is What Happens to Your Body When You Cry," 18 July 2017

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First Known Use of lachrymal

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for lachrymal

Middle English lacrimale, from Middle French or Medieval Latin; Middle French lacrymal, from Medieval Latin lacrimalis, from Latin lacrima tear, from Old Latin dacrima, probably from Greek dakry — more at tear entry 3

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“Lachrymal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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