am·​poule | \ ˈam-ˌpyül How to pronounce ampoule (audio) , -pül \
variants: or ampule or less commonly ampul

Definition of ampoule

1 : a hermetically sealed small bulbous glass vessel that is used to hold a solution for hypodermic injection
2 : a vial resembling an ampoule

Examples of ampoule in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Kim Dong-yub, a professor at the University of North Korean Studies in Seoul, said the fuel ampoule can prolong the time missiles can spend deployed, waiting for launch. Brad Lendon, CNN, 29 Sep. 2021 Saturate the mask inside the sachet with the ampoule that contains a hydrating trio of aloe, glycerin, and hyaluronic acid, and then apply the mask to skin. Eartha Terrell, Allure, 30 Nov. 2020 Plus, enjoy a free full-size Perfect Glow Ampoule Serum Concentrate and ampoule tin on any purchase over $50. Eartha Terrell, Allure, 27 Nov. 2020 Beginning in 1389, the martyr’s dried blood—preserved in two small glass ampoules—was observed to spontaneously liquefy on certain occasions, such as papal visits. Michael Hardy, Wired, 28 Feb. 2020 The Miracle of San Gennaro was later codified into a thrice-yearly ceremony in which Catholic priests exhibit a reliquary containing the ampoules to the Neapolitan public. Michael Hardy, Wired, 28 Feb. 2020 That can lead to mistakes, such as doctors administering the wrong number of ampoules. The Economist, 14 Sep. 2019 My robust nighttime routine is complete with a cleansing balm, toner, essence, ampoule, and countless sheet masks straight from Seoul. Allure, 22 Aug. 2019 Overall, these ampoules are good enough to pass the Brazilian styling torture test and the Coachella test. Bianca Nieves, Teen Vogue, 19 Apr. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of ampoule

1886, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for ampoule

borrowed from French, earlier, "vial, flask," going back to Old French ampule, ampoule, borrowed from Latin ampulla ampulla

Note: The word ampoule in reference to a vessel holding liquid for a hypodermic injection was introduced by its inventor, the French pharmacist Stanislas Limousin (1831-87), in "Ampoules hypodermiques. Nouveau mode de préparation des solutions pour les injections hypodermiques," Bulletin générale de thérapeutique médicale et chirurgicale, vol. 110 (1886), p. 316. — The spellings ampule, ampul hark back to an earlier English word meaning "vial, flask," apparently rare by the 19th century, that continues Middle English ampulle, ampoile, borrowed from the Anglo-French and Old French word. Old English ampelle, ampulle "flask," a feminine weak noun, is borrowed directly from Latin.

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