lachrymal

[ lak-ruh-muh l ]
/ ˈlæk rə məl /
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adjective

of or relating to tears.
producing tears.
characterized by tears; indicative of weeping.
Anatomy. lacrimal(def 2).

noun

Also called lachrymal bone. Anatomy. lacrimal bone.

Origin of lachrymal

1535–45; < Medieval Latin lachrymālis, equivalent to Latin lachrym(a) (Hellenized spelling of lacrima, lacruma (OL dacrima) tear, probably ≪ Greek dákrȳma, derivative of dákry; see tear1) + -ālis -al1
Related formspost·lach·ry·mal, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for lachrymal

lachrymal

/ (ˈlækrɪməl) /

adjective

a variant spelling of lacrimal
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Word Origin and History for lachrymal

lachrymal


adj.

also lachrimal, early 15c., from Medieval Latin lacrimalis, from Latin lacrima (see lachrymose).

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