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lachrymal

[lak-ruh-muh l] /ˈlæk rə məl/
adjective
1.
of or relating to tears.
2.
producing tears.
3.
characterized by tears; indicative of weeping.
4.
Anatomy, lacrimal (def 2).
noun
5.
Also called lachrymal bone. Anatomy, lacrimal bone.
6.
lachrymatory (def 2).
Origin
1535-1545
1535-45; < Medieval Latin lachrymālis, equivalent to Latin lachrym(a) (Hellenized spelling of lacrima, lacruma (OL dacrima) tear, probably ≪ Greek dákrȳma, derivative of dákry; see tear1) + -ālis -al1
Related forms
postlachrymal, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for lachrymal

lachrymal

/ˈlækrɪməl/
adjective
1.
a variant spelling of lacrimal

lacrimal

/ˈlækrɪməl/
adjective
1.
of or relating to tears or to the glands that secrete tears
Word Origin
C16: from Medieval Latin lachrymālis, from Latin lacrima a tear
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Word Origin and History for lachrymal
adj.

also lachrimal, early 15c., from Medieval Latin lacrimalis, from Latin lacrima (see lachrymose).

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