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

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Recent Examples on the Web 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, "In Naples, Faith Substitutes for What Science Can’t Foresee," 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, "In Naples, Faith Substitutes for What Science Can’t Foresee," 28 Feb. 2020 That can lead to mistakes, such as doctors administering the wrong number of ampoules. The Economist, "A dire scarcity of drugs is worsening, in part, because they are so cheap," 14 Sep. 2019 My robust nighttime routine is complete with a cleansing balm, toner, essence, ampoule, and countless sheet masks straight from Seoul. Allure, "The Best Korean Makeup That Every K-Beauty Fan Needs to Try," 22 Aug. 2019 Overall, these ampoules are good enough to pass the Brazilian styling torture test and the Coachella test. Bianca Nieves, Teen Vogue, "The Music Festival First-Timer's Survival Guide," 19 Apr. 2019 This is because essences contain impressively high doses of active ingredients, like hyaluronic acid and glycerin, meant to intensely nourish the skin post-cleanse and prep it for any oils, ampoules, or serums that should come after. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "10 Best K-Beauty Essences That Take Your Skin-Care Routine to the Next Level," 13 Sep. 2018 Pantene’s new revitalizing, travel-friendly ampoules deliver hydrating ingredients that repair damaged lengths in just one minute. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "13 New Beauty Products Worth the Hype in 2019," 9 Jan. 2019 First things first: an ampoule is like a face serum on steroids. Nuy Cho, Redbook, "12 Korean Beauty Hacks for Perfect Skin," 17 July 2018

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First Known Use of ampoule

1886, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for ampoule

Middle English ampulle flask, from Old English & Anglo-French; Old English ampulle & Anglo-French ampuille, from Latin ampulla

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“Ampoule.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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