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[lak-ruh-muh l] /ˈlæk rə məl/

of or relating to tears.
producing tears.
characterized by tears; indicative of weeping.
Anatomy. (def 2).
Also called lachrymal bone. Anatomy. .
(def 2).
a variant spelling of lacrimal

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


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