syringe

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

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

Patients also would not have to worry about air in the syringe causing an embolism. Susan Scutti, CNN, "'Short-term' EpiPen shortage, anticipates FDA," 9 May 2018 First came paperwork and examinations to establish baselines, but then one day in late 2015, Cass filled an oral syringe with Epidiolex. Anne Saker, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati tested the marijuana drug that the FDA has just approved," 27 June 2018 Ball faces charges of murder; dealing and possession of methamphetamine; maintaining a common nuisance; possession of paraphernalia and unlawful possession of a syringe. Holly V. Hays, Indianapolis Star, "Authorities charge 2 more men in death of Boone County Deputy Jacob Pickett," 11 July 2018 Once the powder is dissolved, Alayah draws the drug back up through the syringe - $5,700 in her hand. Carolyn Y. Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Mother, wife, million-dollar patient: Keeping her alive is a full-time job - and good business for drug companies," 26 Apr. 2018 Newport approved a syringe exchange, and that deal prompted Covington to host one there. Terry Demio, Cincinnati.com, "Living with HIV: Fueled by heroin, HIV makes an alarming resurgence in Cincinnati," 11 July 2018 Studies show that those who participate in syringe exchanges are five times more likely to enter recovery programs, Weintraut said. Shari Rudavsky, Indianapolis Star, "Marion County could get needle exchange program, as hepatitis C rates soar," 17 May 2018 He’d snuck out of his bed while a boy named James was wailing and weeping loud enough to make the whirlybird drift over to him with its sleep-inducing syringe. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "A transgender girl rises up against alien invaders in Rich Larson’s novel Annex," 8 July 2018 Upon admission, one elderly woman was immediately put on a syringe drive. Rupert Darwall, WSJ, "Reform the NHS Before It Kills Again," 4 July 2018

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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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syringe

noun

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 \

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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