syringe

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noun

sy·​ringe sə-ˈrinj How to pronounce syringe (audio)
also
ˈsir-inj How to pronounce syringe (audio)
: a device used to inject fluids into or withdraw them from something (such as the body or its cavities): such as
a
: a device that consists of a nozzle of varying length and a compressible rubber bulb and is used for injection or irrigation
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 needle
c
: 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

syringe

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verb

syringed; syringing

transitive verb

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

Examples of syringe in a Sentence

Noun the syringe the nurse was leveling at my arm looked to me to be at least 10 inches long
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Sweet was also charged with unlawful possession of a syringe and sentenced as a habitual offender, according to court records. Lauren Liebhaber, Kansas City Star, 13 June 2024 Sweet later charged with two felonies, per Fox News: unlawful possession of a syringe and neglect of a dependent resulting in death. Esme Mazzeo, Peoplemag, 13 June 2024
Verb
The best way to give your cat CBD is by using a dropper or syringe to administer the oil directly into their mouth. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 3 Apr. 2024 California officials also have taken steps to help syringe programs overcome local opposition, including exempting them from review under the California Environmental Quality Act. Emily Alpert Reyes, Los Angeles Times, 19 Mar. 2024 See all Example Sentences for syringe 

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

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

First Known Use

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1610, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of syringe was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Syringe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/syringe. Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

syringe

1 of 2 noun
sy·​ringe sə-ˈrinj How to pronounce syringe (audio)
 also  ˈsir-inj
: a device used to inject fluids into or withdraw them from the body or its cavities

syringe

2 of 2 verb
syringed; syringing
: to flush or cleanse with or as if with a syringe

Medical Definition

syringe

noun
sy·​ringe
sə-ˈrinj also ˈsir-inj
: a device used to inject fluids into or withdraw them from something (as the body or its cavities): as
a
: 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 needle
c
: 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
syringe transitive verb
syringed; syringing

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