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syringe

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noun sy·ringe \sə-ˈrinj also ˈsir-inj\

Simple Definition of syringe

  • : a device made of a hollow tube and a needle that is used to force fluids into or take fluids out of the body

Full Definition of syringe

  1. :  a device used to inject fluids into or withdraw them from something (as the body or its cavities): asa :  a device that consists of a nozzle of varying length and a compressible rubber bulb and is used for injection or irrigationb :  an instrument (as for the injection of medicine or the withdrawal of bodily fluids) that consists of a hollow barrel fitted with a plunger and a hollow needlec :  a gravity device consisting of a reservoir fitted with a long rubber tube ending with an exchangeable nozzle that is used for irrigation of the vagina or bowel

Examples of syringe

  1. <the syringe the nurse was leveling at my arm looked to me to be at least 10 inches long>



Origin of syringe

Middle English syring, from Anglo-French siringe, from Medieval Latin syringa, from Late Latin, injection, from Greek syring-, syrinx panpipe, tube


First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with syringe


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syringe

transitive verb sy·ringe

Definition of syringe

sy·ringedsy·ring·ing

  1. :  to irrigate or spray with or as if with a syringe



1610

First Known Use of syringe

1610


Medical Dictionary

syringe

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noun sy·ringe \sə-ˈrinj also ˈsir-inj\

Medical Definition of syringe

  1. :  a device used to inject fluids into or withdraw them from something (as the body or its cavities): asa:  a device that consists of a nozzle of varying length and a compressible rubber bulb and is used for injection or irrigation <an ear syringe>b:  an instrument (as for the injection of medicine or the withdrawal of bodily fluids) that consists of a hollow barrel fitted with a plunger and a hollow needlec:  a gravity device consisting of a reservoir fitted with a long rubber tube ending with an exchangeable nozzle that is used for irrigation of the vagina or bowel

  2. syringe transitive verb, sy·ringed sy·ring·ing





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