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

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 At the time, syringe programs could have risked criminal charges under laws targeting drug paraphernalia, Rosales said. Emily Alpert Reyes, Los Angeles Times, 16 Sep. 2022 The usual suspects — surgeon demand and expertise, geographic location, as well as the type and amount of filler used — are still at play, but because patients pay per syringe, which varies from person to person, the price range is expansive. Kaitlin Clark, Allure, 25 Aug. 2022 Driver Jessica Ruth Hand, who was found with a syringe in her arm, was arrested for child neglect and possession of drug paraphernalia. Michael Y. Park, Peoplemag, 12 Aug. 2022 It was featured on the state mental health and addiction agency’s website, printed on the discharge papers of a major hospital system, and listed on flyers distributed by syringe service programs. Aneri Pattani, CNN, 11 May 2022 To get the droplets to divide, the scientists applied some mechanical force, pushing the solution through a syringe. Monique Brouillette, Popular Mechanics, 19 Apr. 2022 Each time Mei Xiang urinates, a technician collects a sample off the floor with a syringe to test the bear's hormone levels. Amy Eskind, PEOPLE.com, 12 Apr. 2022 The state had a long history of embracing the public health interventions, like syringe service programs, that public health experts say are imperative to slowing the spread of hepatitis C and other blood-borne infections. Nicholas Florko, STAT, 1 July 2019 By delivering small amounts of air through the syringe, the scientists could open and close the spiders' legs like an arcade claw machine. Ariana Garcia, Chron, 3 Aug. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb This includes homeless service providers, syringe exchange and other harm reduction programs, drug treatment programs, public health departments and pharmacies. Los Angeles Times, 23 May 2022 The report also supports increasing access to syringe service programs, naloxone, and fentanyl test strips. Julie Washington, cleveland, 24 May 2022 Beer cans, needle caps, syringe plungers and other trash lay scattered on the ground out back. Alex Mann, Baltimore Sun, 16 May 2022 According to one study, first-time participants in Seattle needle or syringe exchange programs were up to five times more likely to enter treatment for substance use disorder than people who did not utilize these resources. Stacker.com, al, 26 Apr. 2022 But syringe exchange programs, which are often sites where naloxone is distributed, are controversial. Kirsi Goldynia, CNN, 19 Nov. 2021 The second is harm reduction, speaking of that broadly, such as naloxone, fentanyl strips and syringe service programs. Ken Alltucker, USA TODAY, 20 Oct. 2021 As with Covid-19 vaccines, syringe shortage in India and the curb on their export can have huge ramifications for global immunisation programmes, both pandemic-related and others. Manavi Kapur, Quartz, 8 Oct. 2021 Eight other counties have syringe exchange programs. Shari Rudavsky, The Indianapolis Star, 5 Oct. 2021 See More

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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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25 Sep 2022

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“Syringe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/syringe. Accessed 7 Oct. 2022.

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More Definitions for syringe

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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