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Tearing (/ˈtiərɪŋ/), lacrimation, or lachrymation is the secretion of tears, which often serves to clean and lubricate the eyes in response to an irritation of the eyes. Tears formed through crying are associated with strong internal emotions, such as sorrow, elation, love, awe, and pleasure. Laughing or yawning may also lead to the production of tears.

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Tears of Grief

Rose-Lynn Fisher began "Topography of Tears" at a time of personal turmoil. She began to wonder if her tears of grief resembled those made from happiness. These are tears of grief.

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Tears of Onion

Cutting onions make you cry? Tears produced from irritants such as sand or onion vapor are called reflex tears. These tears contain lysozyme, an enzyme that fights bacteria. Emotional tears contain leucine enkephalins, a natural pain killer.

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Tears Like Snowflakes

No one tear is exactly like another. Rose-Lynn Fisher's photographic series "Topography of Tears" magnified tears caused by a variety of reasons, ranging from remembrance to cutting onions. While all tears are mainly composed of water and salt, physical and emotional factors can change the biology of your tears. The each of the above tears were cried during different human experiences.

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"Arwen's tears."

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Tears of Laughter

A microscopic look at tears create from laughter. Emotional tears tend to have more protein-based hormones than tears caused by irritants.

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