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

Rather than following their lead, Orange County officials have chosen to shut their only syringe exchange down. German Lopez, Vox, "Needle exchanges help combat the opioid crisis. But officials keep shutting them down.," 29 Nov. 2018 Hospital pharmacists have to examine each syringe closely and then filter the contents in a complex, multi-step process. Linda A. Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "The other opioid crisis: Hospitals grapple with prolonged injected opioid shortage," 28 June 2018 After the hurricane, Penn bought 100 syringe infusion pumps for $600 to $700 each, Kornet said. Stacey Burling, Philly.com, "As they fight flu, hospitals cope with shortage of IV fluids," 14 Feb. 2018 The program would also expand efforts for syringe and needle cleanup programs in parks. Melanie Grayce West, WSJ, "New York City to Spend $8 Million Combatting Bronx Opioid Epidemic," 28 Nov. 2018 Jomie Raymond was in an office in Los Angeles with a syringe, cracking open Juul pods and sucking out the juice to analyze it. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "Juul’s nicotine salts are dominating the market — and other companies want in," 21 Nov. 2018 The city is also funding buprenorphine in several emergency departments and at syringe exchange programs around the city. Melanie Grayce West, WSJ, "Number of Fatal Drug Overdoses in NYC Increased in 2017, Data Shows," 17 Sep. 2018 The fraud occurred in the 8100 block of South 27th Street when a physician received a suspicious fax confirmation for the sale and receipt of some medical equipment, possibly a syringe, filled with concentrated fentanyl. Bob Dohr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Franklin police report: Woman reports fraud after 'buying' teacup Yorkshire terrier online," 7 Feb. 2018 As for the surgical tools, the scalpel is used to scrape the plaster, and the syringe to inject materials into it. Charles Passy, WSJ, "Keith Haring Mural Is on the Mend at Brooklyn Hospital," 25 Oct. 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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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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