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.
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.