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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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Commercially available TEBAC and tetrade-cyltrimethylammonium bromide are considerably more convenient to handle than alkyl halides, the latter of which are lachrymators and carcinogenic reagents.
Analysis of trace amount of bank dye and lachrymators from exploding bank devices by solid-phase microextraction and gas chromatography-mass spectrometry, Journal of Chromatographic Science (2006) 44:86-90.
Lachrymators (tear-producing agents) like chloroacetone (CA), xylyl bromide (white cross), and chloroacetophenone (CN), along with vomiting agents diphenylaminearsine (DM and adamsite) and chlorpicrin (PS) were used in hand grenades, mortar rounds, and artillery shells.