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Originally: designating the structures through which tears drain from eye into the nose, especially the nasolacrimal duct (now rare). Also: of or relating to the lacrimal bone and the inferior nasal concha (turbinate bone) or another bone of the nose.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Todd's Cyclopaedia of Anatomy and Physiology. From classical Latin lacrima tear + -o- + nasal.
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