am·​poule ˈam-ˌpyül How to pronounce ampoule (audio)
variants or ampule or less commonly ampul
: a hermetically sealed small bulbous glass vessel that is used to hold a solution for hypodermic injection
: a vial resembling an ampoule

Examples of ampoule in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Several seven-day ampoule sets will be introduced globally during spring 2024. Kiana Murden, Vogue, 12 Dec. 2023 The ampoule, a glass capsule used for injecting, contains highly nourishing ingredients for step four. India Espy-Jones, Essence, 30 Aug. 2023 An ampoule containing Microspear® in a soft cream stimulates the skin with a fine texture, which feels like micro-shards on the skin. India Espy-Jones, Essence, 30 Aug. 2023 Unfortunately, these ampoules are on the more expensive side at $106 for a pack of 30, which should last you a month. Daley Quinn, Health, 30 Aug. 2023 To use, snap open one of the serum ampoules and attach the applicator. Alex Warner, Peoplemag, 21 Apr. 2023 Just mix the ampoules with the solution, apply it to your face for 20 minutes, and watch the tightening magic unfold. Sophie Dweck, Town & Country, 27 Feb. 2023 Care to gawk at one of the world’s last surviving original radium standards, a glass ampoule filled with 20.28 milligrams of radium chloride prepared by Marie Curie in 1913? Tom Vanderbilt, Harper’s Magazine , 13 Mar. 2023 Crack open an ampoule for any skin SOS. Nuy Cho, Redbook, 17 July 2018 See More

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Word History


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.

First Known Use

1886, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of ampoule was in 1886

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“Ampoule.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

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