vi·​al | \ ˈvī(-ə)l \

Definition of vial 

: a small closed or closable vessel especially for liquids

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According to GoodRX, a website that tracks drug prices, an entire vial of this drug can be purchased at a retail pharmacy for between $15 and $50. Sarah Kliff, Vox, "I read 1,182 emergency room bills this year. Here’s what I learned.," 18 Dec. 2018 The Senator also intervened for the doctor with the Department of Health and Human Services in a Medicare billing dispute that involved reused vials of a macular degeneration drug that put patients at risk of infection. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Menendez Method," 9 Oct. 2018 The Calming Smelling Salts This small, gilded vial is filled with a reinvigorating mix of amethyst and Hawaiian black salts infused with a unique mix of antiviral lavender, patchouli, and peppermint oils designed to ward off germs—and bad energy! Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "How to Turn Your Desk Into the Ultimate Self-Care Station in 2019," 12 Dec. 2018 And made a small vial of Veritaserum potion that was actually butterscotch flavoring that could be added to cream soda to make Butterbeer. Diana Bruk, Seventeen, "A Guy Threw His Wife a Harry Potter-Themed Birthday Party And It Was Absolutely Magical," 22 Oct. 2015 According to Simpson, Babor creates about 40 million (yes, million) tiny glass vials per year. Sarah Kinonen, Allure, "The Importance of Germany in the Skin-Care Industry," 24 Oct. 2018 In my bathroom at home, a luxurious skin-care practice might involve a tiny, precious $80 vial of vitamin C serum, a hefty tub of thick, ultra-hydrating moisturizer, or a Korean sheet mask soaked in hyaluronic acid. Gray Chapman, SELF, "How Hikers Do Skin-Care on Long Backpacking Trips," 28 July 2018 Officials said a raid of Kelly’s Hamden home uncovered 25,000 pills and 530 vials of anabolic steroids. Nicholas Rondinone,, "Former Hamden Officer Pleads To Steroid Charge," 21 May 2018 Big marketplaces, from eBay to Alibaba, sell mysterious vials of oil with odd labels, and people buy them. Dan Nosowitz, Vox, "The super-popular cannabis compound, explained.," 1 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of vial

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for vial

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

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English Language Learners Definition of vial

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


vi·​al | \ ˈvī-əl \

Kids Definition of vial

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


vi·​al | \ ˈvī(-ə)l \

Medical Definition of vial 

: a small closed or closable vessel especially for liquids

called also phial

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