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duct

 [dukt]
a passage with well-defined walls, especially a tubular structure for the passage of excretions or secretions. adj., adj ductal.
accessory duct of Santorini a tubular structure that drains the lower part of the head of the pancreas.
alveolar d's small passages connecting the respiratory bronchioles and the alveolar sacs.
Bartholin's duct (duct of Bartholin) the larger and longer of the sublingual ducts.
bile d's (biliary d's) see bile ducts.
cochlear duct a spiral membranous tube in the bony canal of the cochlea between Reissner's membrane and the basilar membrane; it is divided into the scala tympani, scala vestibuli, and spiral lamina. Called also scala media.
common bile duct a duct formed by the union of the cystic and hepatic ducts; see also bile ducts.
cystic duct the passage connecting the gallbladder neck and the common bile duct.
efferent duct any duct that gives outlet to a glandular secretion.
ejaculatory duct the duct formed by union of the ductus deferens and the duct of the seminal vesicles, opening into the prostatic urethra on the colliculus seminalis.
endolymphatic duct a canal connecting the membranous labyrinth of the ear with the endolymphatic sac.
excretory duct one through which the secretion is conveyed from a gland.
hepatic duct the excretory duct of the liver, or one of its branches in the lobes of the liver; see also bile ducts.
Hepatic duct. From Applegate, 2000.
lacrimal duct the excretory duct of the lacrimal gland; see also lacrimal apparatus. Called also lacrimal canaliculus.
lacrimonasal duct nasal duct.
lactiferous d's ducts conveying the milk secreted by the lobes of the breast to and through the nipples.
lymphatic duct, left thoracic duct.
lymphatic d's see lymphatic ducts.
mammary duct lactiferous ducts.
mesonephric duct an embryonic duct of the mesonephros, which in the male becomes the epididymis, ductus deferens and its ampulla, seminal vesicles, and ejaculatory duct, and in the female is largely obliterated.
müllerian duct either of the two paired embryonic ducts developing into the vagina, uterus, and fallopian tubes, and becoming largely obliterated in the male.
nasal duct (nasolacrimal duct) the downward continuation of the lacrimal sac, opening on the lateral wall of the inferior meatus of the nose; see also lacrimal apparatus.
pancreatic duct the main excretory duct of the pancreas, which usually unites with the common bile duct before entering the duodenum at the major duodenal papilla; see also bile ducts.
papillary d's straight excretory or collecting portions of the renal tubules, which descend through the renal medulla to a renal papilla.
paramesonephric duct müllerian duct.
paraurethral d's Skene's glands.
parotid duct the duct by which the parotid glands empty into the mouth.
prostatic d's minute ducts from the prostate, opening into or near the prostatic sinuses on the posterior wall of the urethra.
lymphatic duct, right a vessel draining lymph from the upper right side of the body, receiving lymph from the right subclavian, jugular, and mediastinal trunks when those vessels do not open independently into the right brachiocephalic vein.
salivary d's the ducts of the salivary glands.
semicircular d's the long ducts of the membranous labyrinth of the ear.
seminal d's the passages for conveyance of spermatozoa and semen.
sublingual d's the excretory ducts of the sublingual salivary glands.
submandibular duct (submaxillary duct) the duct that drains the submandibular gland and opens at the sublingual caruncle.
tear duct lacrimal duct.
thoracic duct a duct beginning in the cisterna chyli and emptying into the venous system at the junction of the left subclavian and left internal jugular veins. It acts as a channel for the collection of lymph from the portions of the body below the diaphragm and from the left side of the body above the diaphragm.

tear duct

[tir]
Etymology: AS, tear + L, ducere, to lead
any duct that carries tears, including the lacrimal ducts, nasolacrimal ducts, and excretory ducts of the lacrimal glands.

tear duct 

One of about a dozen ducts of the lacrimal gland. It originates in the orbital part of the gland, traverses the palpebral part of the gland and opens into the lateral superior fornix of the conjunctival sac. Syn. lacrimal duct. See lacrimal apparatus.

duct

a passage with well-defined walls, especially a tubular structure for the passage of excretions or secretions. See also ductus.

accessory pancreatic duct
the duct of the dorsal pancreatic primordium that opens on the minor duodenal papilla. Called also Santorini's duct or duct of Santorini.
allantoic duct
see urachus.
alveolar duct
one of the final branches of the bronchial tree consisting of a tube whose walls are composed of alveoli.
bile duct, biliary duct
the passages for the conveyance of bile in and from the liver. See also bile duct.
cochlear duct
a spiral membranous tube in the bony canal of the cochlea divided into the scala tympani, scala vestibuli and spiral lamina.
common bile duct
a duct formed by the union of the cystic and hepatic ducts. See also bile duct.
cystic duct
the passage connecting the gallbladder neck and the bile duct.
efferent duct
any duct that gives outlet to a glandular secretion.
ejaculatory duct
the duct formed by union of the ductus deferens and the duct of the seminal vesicles, opening into the prostatic urethra on the colliculus seminalis. Found in the horse and ruminants.
endolymphatic duct
a canal connecting the membranous labyrinth of the ear with the endolymphatic sac.
epididymal duct
developed from the first part of the mesonephric duct.
excretory duct
one through which the secretion is conveyed from a gland.
duct of Gartner
hepatic duct
the excretory duct of the liver, or one of its branches in the lobes of the liver. See also bile duct.
incisive duct
one of a pair of ducts perforating the palate and which communicate between the mouth and the nasal cavity; they are thought to conduct chemicals for olfactory appraisal by the vomeronasal organ.
intralobar duct
ducts within lobes which provide drainage for secretions of lobes of glands.
intralobular duct
ducts found within lobules which provide drainage for secretions of lobules of glands.
lacrimal duct
one of the excretory ducts of the lacrimal gland. See also lacrimal apparatus.
lacrimonasal duct
nasolacrimal duct.
lactiferous duct
ducts conveying the milk secreted by the lobes of the mammary gland to the lactiferous sinuses or to the teats.
lobar duct
drains the secretions from the lobes of gland, connecting with the main excretory duct.
lobular duct
drains the secretions of lobules of glands.
lymphatic duct
larger lymph drainage vessels, e.g. thoracic duct.
lymphatic duct (left)
thoracic duct.
lymphatic duct (right)
a vessel draining lymph from the cranial right side of the body, receiving lymph from the right subclavian, jugular and mediastinal trunks when those vessels do not open independently into the right brachiocephalic vein.
mammary duct
lactiferous ducts.
mandibular duct
drainage duct of the mandibular salivary gland.
mesonephric duct
see mesonephric duct.
metanephric duct
the embryonic ureter.
müllerian duct
see müllerian duct.
nasal duct
the duct leading from the lacrimal sac, opening on the floor of the nasal vestibule. Called also nasolacrimal duct. See also lacrimal apparatus.
nasolacrimal duct
see nasal duct (above).
nasopalatine duct
see incisive duct (above).
pancreatic duct
the main excretory duct of the pancreas, which usually opens with the bile duct on the major duodenal papilla; may be a single duct, or two ducts which join, or two independent ducts opening into opposite sides of the intestine. See also bile duct. Called also Wirsung's duct.
papillary d's (kidney)
the straight excretory or collecting portions of the renal tubules, which descend through the renal medulla to a renal papilla or renal crest.
papillary duct (teat)
paramesonephric duct
müllerian duct.
parotid duct
the duct by which the parotid gland empties into the mouth vestibule opposite the upper molars. See also parotid glands.
perilymphatic duct
see aqueduct of cochlea.
pronephric duct
the early embryonic duct from the primitive kidney which leads into the mesonephric duct in the embryo's later stages.
prostatic d's
minute ducts from the prostate, opening into or near the prostatic sinuses on the dorsal wall of the urethra.
salivary d's
the ducts of the salivary glands.
semicircular d's
the long ducts of the membranous labyrinth of the ear.
sublingual duct
the excretory ducts of the sublingual salivary glands.
submandibular duct
the duct that drains the submandibular gland and opens at the sublingual caruncle. Called also submaxillary duct.
submaxillary duct
submandibular duct (above).
tear duct
nasolacrimal duct.
thoracic duct
a duct beginning in the cisterna chyli and emptying into the venous system at the junction of the left subclavian and left jugular veins. It acts as a channel for the collection of lymph from the portions of the body caudal to the diaphragm and from the left side of the body cranial to the diaphragm.
thyroglossal duct
the transient, non-patent duct, from the thyroid gland to the floor of the pharynx which is the legacy of the development of the thyroid from the floor of the pharynx.
vitelline duct
see meckel's diverticulum.
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Fluid may also be injected into your tear duct to see whether it comes out normally.
Fatima, with her parents Mohammad and Rubina Zafar, shows the crystalline powder formed in her tear ducts.
By the way, those dots were originally meant to represent tear ducts.
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The tear ducts lead to the tear, or lacrimal sac, and then to the nasal duct.
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Vive l'Amour ends on a note of outward desperation, an eternal single-take shot of Yang sobbing her eyes out, pausing for a few seconds to gather herself, and then opening up the tear ducts again.
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The tear ducts become less productive, which may make wearing contact lenses difficult.
Since the ethmoid sinuses are near the tear ducts in the corner of the eyes, inflammation of these cavities often causes swelling of the eyelids and tissues around the eyes, and pain between the eyes.
Normally tears drain away through the tiny tear ducts, or lacrimal sacs, near the inner corner of our eyes.