[ ih-pif-er-uh ]
/ ɪˈpɪf ər ə /
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Pathology. an overflow of tears due to excessive secretion of the lacrimal glands or obstruction of the lacrimal ducts.
Rhetoric. epistrophe (def. 1).
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Words nearby epiphora
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Example sentences from the Web for epiphora
As a rule, patients who have had the lachrymal sac excised do not complain of epiphora, except in a cold wind.
Medical definitions for epiphora
[ ĭ-pĭf′ər-ə ]
Watering of the eyes due to a blockage of the lacrimal ducts or the excessive secretion of tears.
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