syringe

noun
sy·​ringe | \ sə-ˈrinj also ˈsir-inj How to pronounce syringe (audio) \

Definition of syringe

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

verb
syringed; syringing

Definition of syringe (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

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

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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 On the one hand, how many parents would really mistake thermal compound for a medical syringe? Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "Cooler Master is tired of telling parents their kids aren’t on drugs," 16 Jan. 2020 Zoey Carty has a rare form of epilepsy, and her mother says after six months of using CBD oil three times a day, as well as having an emergency syringe with THC, Zoey’s seizures decreased by 50%. USA TODAY, "Utility bill Santa, return of Ceres, Zion path secured: News from around our 50 states," 19 Dec. 2019 To make that case, their team has been working in Malaysian Borneo to itemize the exact cost of malaria, down to each hospital bed, and syringe that doctors use. National Geographic, "Deforestation is leading to more infectious diseases in humans," 22 Nov. 2019 With a syringe or two of hyaluronic acid filler, injectors can carve a new jawline, alter the shape of a nose, and build lips to new proportions. Jolene Edgar, Allure, "The Innovative New Ways Surgeons Are Using Injectables to Sculpt the Human Face," 15 Jan. 2020 Moreover, each drug must be squirted into a child’s mouth with a separate syringe, so a mother must have up to four syringes on hand and clean them for each subsequent use. New York Times, "New Strawberry-Flavored H.I.V. Drugs for Babies Are Offered at $1 a Day," 29 Nov. 2019 Nearly one month and several surgeries later, Medeiros has metal plates in his face and his jaw is wired shut, forcing him to eat with a syringe. Peter Holley, Washington Post, "The Chicago incident is the latest example of a hit-and-run case involving the high-tech devices.," 10 July 2019 The phage then plunges a kind of syringe through the wall and injects its own genetic material, which co-opts the bacterium into making more phage copies. Charles Schmidt, Scientific American, "Phage Therapy Could Beat Drug-Resistant Illnesses," 1 Nov. 2019 What, precisely, did Congress fail to do, aside from put communities at risk of HIV and Hep C by defunding syringe programs? Zachary Siegel, The New Republic, "How the Drug War Blob Took Over The Washington Post," 10 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of syringe

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1610, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for syringe

Noun

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

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

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Last Updated

9 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Syringe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/syringe. Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for syringe

syringe

noun
How to pronounce syringe (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of syringe

: a device made of a hollow tube and a needle that is used to force fluids into or take fluids out of the body

syringe

noun
sy·​ringe | \ sə-ˈrinj How to pronounce syringe (audio) \

Kids Definition of syringe

: a device used to force fluid into or withdraw it from the body or its cavities

syringe

noun
sy·​ringe | \ sə-ˈrinj also ˈsir-inj \

Medical Definition of syringe

: 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

Other Words from syringe

syringe transitive verb syringed; syringing

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