One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1literary, formal Connected with weeping or tears.
Concerned with the secretion of tears.‘lacrimal cells’
- ‘During the last few years the optical fibers used in lachrymal duct endoscopy have been changed.’
- ‘This will consequently elevate the lacrimal punctum into a more favourable position so that the tear film will drain into it more readily.’
- ‘The examination of 620 patients with affection of the salivary and lacrymal glands revealed sarcoidosis in 19 of them.’
- ‘From the lacrimal sacs, tears move down through the nasolacrimal duct and drain into the back of the nose.’
- ‘A simple and easy-to-perform test assessing the function of the lacrimal glands is the Schirmer's test.’
A small bone forming part of the eye socket.
- ‘The lacrimal bone is a small and fragile bone at the inner orbit of the eye through which the lacrimal duct runs.’
- ‘The lacrimal bones are thin bones that form the anterior portion of the medial walls of the individual orbits.’
- ‘The area corresponding to the lacrimals, prefrontals and posterior nasals is difficult to recognise.’
- ‘Finally a naso-orbital lesion would emerge through a defect between the frontal and the lacrimal bones.’
- ‘The lacrimal bones are the smallest and most fragile of the cranial bones.’
2short for lachrymal vase
Late Middle English (in lachrymal (sense 2 of the adjective)): from medieval Latin lachrymalis, from Latin lacrima ‘tear’.
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