lachrymal gland


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lachrymal gland

the tear gland that lies below the upper eyelid of mammals and serves to moisten and cleanse the surface of the eye by secreting sterile and antiseptic liquid. Excess fluid is drained away through the lachrymal duct in the corner of the eye which leads eventually into the nasal cavity.
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Tears are generated in the lachrymal glands, and external stimuli affect the rate of tear generation.
There's good news for those with overactive lachrymal glands. A Japanese academic claims that the act of crying is more effective than laughing or sleeping to reduce stress.
I have always preferred to let my lachrymal glands do the talking, although, occasionally, I would let loose with some sharp epithets and spiky expletives when push came to shove.
There is a persistent myth about the British: that we are a nation of stoics, with stiff upper lips, repressed emotions, and inactive lachrymal glands. Weeping Britannia--the first history of crying in Britain--comprehensively debunks this myth.
A Persian lamb B Nutria C Coney D Astrakhan QUESTION 11 - for 11 points: What is produced by the lachrymal glands? A Tears B Wax C Insulin D Saliva QUESTION 12 - for 12 points: To which class of animals do octopuses and squids belong?