lac·​ri·​ma·​tion ˌla-krə-ˈmā-shən How to pronounce lacrimation (audio)
: the secretion of tears especially when abnormal or excessive

Word History

First Known Use

1572, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of lacrimation was in 1572

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Cite this Entry

“Lacrimation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

Medical Definition


variants also lachrymation
: the secretion of tears
specifically : abnormal or excessive secretion of tears due to local or systemic disease
lacrimate intransitive verb
also lachrymate
lacrimated; lacrimating
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