lacrimal gland(redirected from Lacrimal glands)
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the gland that secretes tears into the conjunctival sac; it consists of 6-12 separate compound tubuloalveolar serous glands, located in the upper lateral part of the orbit. It is partially divided into a smaller palpebral part (pars palpebralis) and a larger orbital part (pars orbitalis) by the aponeurosis of the levator palpebrae muscle.
Synonym(s): glandula lacrimalis [TA]
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012
lac·ri·mal gland(lak'ri-măl gland) [TA]
The gland that secretes tears; it consists of 6-12 separate compound tubuloalveolar serous glands, located in the upper lateral part of the orbit, and is partially divided into a smaller palpebral part and a larger orbital part by the aponeurosis of the levator palpebrae muscle.
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012
lacrimal glandThe tear-secreting gland lying in the upper and outer corner of the bony eye socket (orbit) and opening by many small ducts into the upper cul-de-sac of the CONJUNCTIVA behind the upper lid. Lacrimal glands secrete during emotional weeping and when the eye is irritated. The eye is normally kept wet by tiny accessory lacrimal glands in the conjunctiva.
Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005
An almond-shaped gland that secretes tears.
Mentioned in: Lacrimal Duct Obstruction
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