ampoule

noun
am·poule | \ˈam-ˌpyül, -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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Workers there make 500 different products, fitted into syringes, vials, and ampoules. Erika Fry, Fortune, "Critical Condition: Inside Pfizer’s Drug Supply Problem," 22 May 2018 So why did the ampoule fly off the digital shelves so quickly? Devon Abelman, Allure, "The Sold-Out Plant Base Time Stop Collagen Ampoule Is Back in Stock," 9 Apr. 2018 Like many other homeopathic remedies, the effects of the sea ampoules haven’t truly, scientifically, been confirmed. Carla Lalli Music, Bon Appetit, "I Tried Sea Ampoules and Here's What Happened," 2 Feb. 2017 Also in each little ampoule: Extracts of ashwagandha, an adaptogen that has shown promise in helping the body cope with anxiety. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "5 New Beauty Supplements That Will Help You Look and Feel Better," 4 Aug. 2017 Here’s the back story: While shopping online for a special brand of vitamin C that was recommended by a friend who swore by it, shoppers like me also shopped for sea ampoules. Carla Lalli Music, Bon Appetit, "I Tried Sea Ampoules and Here's What Happened," 2 Feb. 2017 Her mini facial consisted of a jelly mask by Colbert MD (Illumino Anti-Aging Brightening Mask) and Klorane Soothing & Relaxing Eye Patches, along with Dr. Barbara Sturm’s face mask and hyaluronic acid ampoules. Sam Reed, The Hollywood Reporter, "Paris Jackson's Minimalist Met Gala Makeup Honored This 2009 Runway," 2 May 2017

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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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The first known use of ampoule was in 1886

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