syrinx

noun
syr·​inx | \ˈsir-iŋ(k)s \
plural syringes\sə-​ˈriŋ-​ˌgēz, -​ˈrin-​ˌjēz \ or syrinxes

Definition of syrinx 

1 [ Late Latin, from Greek ] : panpipe

2 [ New Latin, from Greek ] : the vocal organ of birds that is a special modification of the lower part of the trachea or of the bronchi or of both

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The agency also let Pfizer distribute some glass syringes prefilled with opioids that were held back because of possible particle contamination and cracks in stoppers. Linda A. Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "The other opioid crisis: Hospitals grapple with prolonged injected opioid shortage," 28 June 2018 The tree sits on Seattle Housing Authority land, and recently was surrounded by mounds of garbage and needles and syringes. Erik Lacitis, The Seattle Times, "‘It has a story to tell’: How a descendant of Napoleon’s willow tree took root on a Seattle hillside," 30 Oct. 2018 Hepatitis C is a viral liver disease, often transmitted by the sharing of needles or syringes, that can seriously damage the liver and eventually cause its failure or liver cancer if a chronic infection goes untreated. Joseph Walker, WSJ, "Gilead to Slice List Prices of Liver Drugs," 24 Sep. 2018 The agency also let Pfizer distribute some glass syringes prefilled with opioids that were held back because of possible particle contamination and cracks in stoppers. Washington Post, "US hospitals grapple with prolonged injected opioid shortage," 27 June 2018 As San Francisco streets have grown dirtier, videos showing syringes scattered throughout downtown have gone viral. Nellie Bowles, New York Times, "Troubles in San Francisco Push Some Voters to Think Republican," 6 June 2018 Most patients use 2 syringes per treatment session. Micaela English, Town & Country, "T&C's Guide To Injectables: Which Ones To Consider, Cost, And How Long They Last," 17 Feb. 2016 But that doesn’t affect all the other stuff — like straws, cigarette filter tips, diapers, tampon applicators, syringes, appliances, and blood vials. Frank Kummer, Philly.com, "Shore towns ban plastic bags, say they dirty beaches, hurt wildlife," 24 May 2018 But palentologist Julia Clarke, while analyzing an ancient bird Vegavis iaai, which would have been alive during the reign of the Tyrannosaurus, discovered a syrinx, the organ that gives modern birds their wide range of honks and squawks. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "Dinosaurs Probably Didn't Roar, But Some Definitely Quacked," 13 Oct. 2016

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1606, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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syrinx

noun
syr·​inx | \ˈsir-iŋ(k)s \
plural syringes\sə-​ˈriŋ-​ˌgēz, -​ˈrin-​ˌjēz \ or syrinxes

Medical Definition of syrinx 

1 : the vocal organ of birds that is a special modification of the lower part of the trachea or of the bronchi or of both

2 : a pathological cavity in the brain or spinal cord especially in syringomyelia

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