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  1. Pathology. an overflow of tears due to excessive secretion of the lacrimal glands or obstruction of the lacrimal ducts.
  2. Rhetoric. epistrophe(def 1).
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Origin of epiphora

1650–60; < Latin epiphora an afflux, repetition < Greek epiphorá a bringing upon. See epi-, -phore
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Historical Examples

  • As a rule, patients who have had the lachrymal sac excised do not complain of epiphora, except in a cold wind.

    A System of Operative Surgery, Volume IV (of 4)


epiphora in Medicine


  1. Watering of the eyes due to a blockage of the lacrimal ducts or the excessive secretion of tears.
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