lachrymal
or lacrimal adjective Etymology: 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 Date: 15th century 1. (usually lacrimal) of, relating to, or being glands that produce tears 2. of, relating to, or marked by tears

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  • Lachrymal — Lach ry*mal, a. [Cf. F. lacrymal. See {Lachrymose}.] 1. Of or pertaining to tears; as, lachrymal effusions. [1913 Webster] 2. (Anat.) Pertaining to, or secreting, tears; as, the lachrymal gland. [1913 Webster] 3. (Anat.) Pertaining to the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Lachrymal — Lach ry*mal, Lacrymal Lac ry*mal, n. See {Lachrymatory}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lachrymal — also lachrimal, early 15c., from M.L. lacrimalis, from L. lacrima (see LACHRYMOSE (Cf. lachrymose)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • lachrymal — (also lacrimal or lacrymal) ► ADJECTIVE 1) formal or literary connected with weeping or tears. 2) Physiology & Anatomy concerned with the secretion of tears. ORIGIN Latin lachrymalis, from lacrima tear …   English terms dictionary

  • lachrymal — [lak′ri məl] adj. [ML lacrimalis < L lacrima, TEAR2] 1. of, characterized by, or producing tears 2. LACRIMAL (sense 1) n. LACHRYMATORY …   English World dictionary

  • lachrymal — adj. & n. (also lacrimal, lacrymal) adj. 1 literary of or for tears. 2 (usu. as lacrimal) Anat. concerned in the secretion of tears (lacrimal canal; lacrimal duct). n. 1 = lachrymal vase. 2 (in pl.) (usu. as lacrimals) the lacrimal organs.… …   Useful english dictionary

  • lachrymal — Lachrymatory Lach ry*ma*to*ry, n.; pl. {ries}. [Cf. F. lacrymatoire.] (Antiq.) A tear bottle; a narrow necked vessel found in sepulchers of the ancient Romans; so called from a former notion that the tears of the deceased person s friends were… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lachrymal — /lak reuh meuhl/, adj. 1. of or pertaining to tears. 2. producing tears. 3. characterized by tears; indicative of weeping. 4. Anat. lacrimal (def. 2). n. 5. Also called lachrymal bone. Anat. See lacrimal bone. 6. lachrymatory ( …   Universalium

  • lachrymal — adjective Of or relating to tears, or the tear glands. See Also: lachrymal gland, lachrymatory, lachrymose …   Wiktionary

  • lachrymal — lach·ry·mal || lækrɪml n. (Anatomy) lachrymal bone (bone of the inner corner of the eye); vessel used to collect the tears of the bereaved adj. of or pertaining to tears; producing tears, secreting tears; lacrimal, of or near the organs which …   English contemporary dictionary

  • lachrymal — adjective technical connected with tears: lachrymal glands …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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