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lacrimal gland


Definition: 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 lacrimalisTA

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