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Related to lacrimator: lachrymator


Variant of lachrymator.


(ˈlækrɪˌmeɪtə) ,




(Elements & Compounds) a substance causing an increase in the flow of tears. See teargas


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]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.lacrimator - a gas that makes the eyes fill with tears but does not damage themlacrimator - 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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What does a substance which is a lacrimator make you do?
(6) Although military chemical compounds (which are classified as smoke/ obscurants, lacrimators [tearing agents], or respiratory irritants) are considered less toxic than CWAs, unprotected exposure to military chemical compounds can also have adverse effects.