crocodile tears

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tears

 [tērz]
the watery, slightly alkaline and saline secretion of the lacrimal glands that moistens the conjunctiva. See also lacrimal apparatus.
crocodile tears see syndrome of crocodile tears.

croc·o·dile tears syn·drome

a flow of tears, usually unilateral, on eating or the anticipation of eating; this happens when nerve fibers originally destined for a salivary gland are damaged and regrow, aberrantly, into the lacrimal gland.

crocodile tears

Tears and excessive saliva produced during eating. This condition is present when nerve fibers of the salivary glands grow abnormally into the lacrimal glands following Bell (seventh nerve) palsy.
See also: tear