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also lac·ri·ma·tor  (lăk′rə-mā′tər)
A substance, such as tear gas, that causes tears to flow.

[Latin lacrimāre, to cry (from lacrima, tear; see lachrymal) + -ator.]
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(Elements & Compounds) a variant spelling of lacrimator
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or lac•ri•ma•tor

(ˈlæk rəˌmeɪ tər)

a chemical substance that causes the shedding of tears, as tear gas.
[1915–20; < Latin lacrimā(re) to shed tears (see lachrymatory) + -tor]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.lachrymator - a gas that makes the eyes fill with tears but does not damage themlachrymator - a gas that makes the eyes fill with tears but does not damage them; used in dispersing crowds
chemical weapon - chemical substances that can be delivered using munitions and dispersal devices to cause death or severe harm to people and animals and plants
chlorobenzylidenemalononitrile, CS gas - a tear gas that is stronger than CN gas but wears off faster; can be deployed by grenades or cluster bombs; can cause skin burns and fatal pulmonary edema
chloroacetophenone, CN gas - a tear gas that is weaker than CS gas but lasts longer
nitrochloromethane - gaseous form of chloropicrin used as tear gas
gas - a fluid in the gaseous state having neither independent shape nor volume and being able to expand indefinitely
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