syringe

noun
sy·​ringe | \ sə-ˈrinj How to pronounce syringe (audio) 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 In 2016, Grant County became the first community in Northern Kentucky to provide a syringe access program, centered at a health clinic in Williamstown, for people who inject drugs. Terry Demio, The Enquirer, "Dr. Lynne Saddler leaving Northern Kentucky Health Dept. at year's end," 7 Apr. 2021 At best, the plunger gets locked, so the syringe can’t be reused. New York Times, "The City Losing Its Children to H.I.V.," 31 Mar. 2021 Cox sat down, as Sage Hall, a nurse with the Utah County Health Department, swabbed a spot on his left arm, and in a fluid motion inserted the syringe and pressed the plunger. Taylor Stevens, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Gov. Spencer Cox says state is on track to drop COVID-19 health regulations before July 1," 25 Mar. 2021 If emoji’s weren’t so powerful, then the blood in the syringe wouldn’t have been altered to translucent, de-escalating and rebranding needles in a time of necessary COVID-19 vaccinations. Matt Klein, Forbes, "We Really Don’t Know How To Talk With Gen-Z—And It’s A Big Problem," 4 Mar. 2021 But getting those extra doses out requires some skill—and the right syringe. Sofia Moutinho, Science | AAAS, "Syringe size and supply issues continue to waste COVID-19 vaccine doses in United States," 26 Mar. 2021 Letitia Geer invented the one-hand medical syringe in 1899. Renee Morad, NBC News, "10 inventions that wouldn't exist if it weren't for these incredible women," 25 Mar. 2021 The effort to vaccinate the world against Covid-19 relies on the syringe and needle, using a 19th-century technology to get 21st-century science into the arms of billions. Ed Silverman, STAT, "Pharmalittle: A race is on to find alternatives to syringes and needles for vaccines; FDA under pressure to inspect more plants," 5 Mar. 2021 It is brought to room temperature, the rubber cap is punctured and vaccine is drawn into a syringe for injection. Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY, "'Don't waste vaccine!' After early confusion, experts say it's always better to use leftover shots than toss them.," 20 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Harm reduction is typically thought of in the context of formalized programs – methadone clinics and syringe service programs – but experts say the way Lovato speaks about her own moderation could fall under the umbrella of harm reduction. Alia E. Dastagir, USA TODAY, "Demi Lovato has alcohol, weed in moderation: What experts think of the 'California Sober' approach," 6 Apr. 2021 The gratifying moments of getting high interspersed with violence, physical illness, demolished families and the complete surrender of a life to whatever is contained in the pipe, or syringe or bottle. Washington Post, "Hunter Biden’s singular memoir of grief and addiction," 31 Mar. 2021 Any pharmacy would be glad to provide a dosing spoon, cup or syringe with your prescription. Annie Lane, oregonlive, "Dear Annie: Girlfriend, keeping her man’s head above water, is missing the big picture," 2 Mar. 2021 Any pharmacy would be glad to provide a dosing spoon, cup or syringe with your prescription. Annie Lane, oregonlive, "Dear Annie: Girlfriend, keeping her man’s head above water, is missing the big picture," 2 Mar. 2021 Any pharmacy would be glad to provide a dosing spoon, cup or syringe with your prescription. Annie Lane, oregonlive, "Dear Annie: Girlfriend, keeping her man’s head above water, is missing the big picture," 2 Mar. 2021 Any pharmacy would be glad to provide a dosing spoon, cup or syringe with your prescription. cleveland, "Dear Annie: My boyfriend barely has time for me even though he says he loves me," 1 Mar. 2021 Enter the intranasal vaccine, which abandons the needle and syringe for a spray container that looks more like a nasal decongestant. Daniel P. Oran, Scientific American, "To Beat COVID, We May Need a Good Shot in the Nose," 1 Mar. 2021 The shortage of ideal syringes appears to be the product of a lack of coordination between federal authorities, Pfizer, and syringe manufacturers dating back as far as early 2020. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "Pfizer’s extra vaccine dose was supposed to be a miracle. It’s now a mess," 21 Feb. 2021

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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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10 Apr 2021

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“Syringe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/syringe. Accessed 14 Apr. 2021.

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More Definitions for syringe

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 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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