vial

play
noun vi·al \ ˈvī(-ə)l \

Definition of vial

:a small closed or closable vessel especially for liquids

Recent Examples of vial from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'vial.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Origin and Etymology of vial

Middle English fiole, viole, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin fiola, alteration of Latin phiala — more at phial

Other Household Terms


VIAL Defined for English Language Learners

vial

play
noun

Definition of vial for English Language Learners

  • : a very small glass or plastic container used for perfumes, medicines, etc.


VIAL Defined for Kids

vial

play
noun vi·al \ ˈvī-əl \

Definition of vial for Students

:a small container (as for medicines) that is usually made of glass or plastic

Medical Dictionary

vial

play
noun vi·al \ ˈvī(-ə)l \

medical Definition of vial

:a small closed or closable vessel especially for liquids called also phial


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up vial? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

of yeast or being unsettled or frivolous

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Merriam-Webster's New Words Quiz—Fall 2017 Edition!

  • young-plant-shoots
  • Which of the following is a new sense of the word bunny?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!