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epiphora

[ih-pif-er-uh] /ɪˈpɪf ər ə/
noun
1.
Pathology. an overflow of tears due to excessive secretion of the lacrimal glands or obstruction of the lacrimal ducts.
2.
Rhetoric, epistrophe (def 1).
Origin
1650-1660
1650-60; < Latin epiphora an afflux, repetition < Greek epiphorá a bringing upon. See epi-, -phore
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epiphora in Medicine

epiphora e·piph·o·ra (ĭ-pĭf'ər-ə)
n.
Watering of the eyes due to a blockage of the lacrimal ducts or the excessive secretion of tears.

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