Definition of tear duct in US English:

tear duct


  • A passage through which tears pass from the lachrymal glands to the eye or from the eye to the nose.

    • ‘A thin, blunt metal wire is gently passed through the tear duct to open any obstruction.’
    • ‘Before massaging the tear duct, wash your hands.’
    • ‘Some children have nasal polyps, which are cysts or growths of extra tissue in the nose at the end of the tear duct.’
    • ‘This can be caused by a blocked tear duct, which can be treated by gentle massage between the eye and nasal area.’
    • ‘Viruses and bacteria may be rubbed into the eye or may travel from an infection in the nose up through a tear duct and into the eye.’


tear duct

/ˈtɪr ˌdəkt//ˈtir ˌdəkt/