Lacrimal bones

The lacrimal bones are among the facial bones of the head.


Location:

The lacrimal bones are located:

  • behind and lateral to the nasal bones
  • contribute to forming the orbits (of the eye sockets)

The lacrimal bones are the smallest bones in the face.


Function(s):

The functions of the lacrimal bone include:

  • containing foramina for the nasolacrimal ducts (tear ducts).
    Foramina (sing. foramen) are round holes through which tiny anatomical structures such as blood vessels, nerves or ligaments can pass.

See notes about, and labelled diagrams of, all human cranial and facial bones on one page.

More about Bones and the Skeletal System:

This website includes many pages about bones and the skeletal system. The following pages may be of interest. These also link to further pages about related topics such as specific types of fractures, bone diseases and so on.

For further information see also our pages of books about orthopaedics.

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