Definition of lachrymator in English:

lachrymator

(also lacrimator)

noun

Medicine
  • A substance that irritates the eyes and causes tears to flow.

    • ‘This lachrymator dissolves in eye fluids and produces small amounts of irritating sulfuric acid.’
    • ‘What is more, chemical tear gas lachrymators are considered by some to have long term carcinogenic properties.’
    • ‘Compounds that are labeled as lachrymators belong in this category.’
    • ‘Their eyes must be protected from the effects of lacrimators as well.’
    • ‘The student exposed to the lachrymator was not wearing eye protection.’

Pronunciation:

lachrymator

/ˈlakrəˌmādər/