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

Injected under the skin by way of a prefilled syringe, the drug—technically, a human antibody (more on that detail soon)—works by inhibiting a key protein that’s central to inflammation, a process that’s implicated in a number of pathologies. Fortune, "Protect at All Costs: How the Maker of the World’s Bestselling Drug Keeps Prices Sky-High," 18 July 2019 Another professional-level nail trend, aquarium nails involve stacking two nail tips on top of one another, then injecting baby oil between them with a syringe to create the illusion of floating water. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "This Realistic Lava Lamp Manicure Is Going Viral on Instagram," 8 July 2019 The funny nurse appeared with a syringe of purple Infant Tylenol. Beth Spotswood, SFChronicle.com, "Trip to the ER with screaming baby a dose of reality," 19 June 2019 Number two features a Duke sports medicine doc injecting a syringe of bright red liquid into a heavily tattooed shoulder. Megan Molteni, WIRED, "YouTube Testimonials Lure Patients to Shady Stem Cell Clinics," 14 June 2019 Jacobson was treated at a hospital and released, but authorities got a warrant to search his home and, according to court and police documents, recovered cocaine, a glass pipe, a shotgun, 140 rounds of ammunition, a syringe, and other items. Christy Gutowski, chicagotribune.com, "‘I let the stress get me,’ says former Hebron mayor, sentenced to probation for night he was found unconscious after drug, alcohol use," 18 June 2019 Bile can be drained via a catheter, syringe, or pipe inserted into the gallbladder. National Geographic, "Bear bile, explained," 12 June 2019 Fillers are priced per syringe, typically between $1,000 and $1,400, and the results can last for a year and a half or up to five years. Talia Abbas, SELF, "Puffy Eyes, Dark Circles, and Bags: Dermatologists Explain the Difference," 8 Aug. 2018 Cost: $500 to $1,500 per syringe for HA fillers; for PRP, approximately $400 to $600 per vial. Gina Way, Marie Claire, "Lunchtime Tune-ups," 20 Apr. 2012

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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 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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