vi·​al | \ ˈvī(-ə)l How to pronounce vial (audio) \

Definition of vial

: a small closed or closable vessel especially for liquids

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About five years ago my insulin cost skyrocketed practically overnight from $30 a vial to $250. WSJ, "Insurers’ Lobby Puts Drug Price Blame on Pharma," 14 Feb. 2019 And hospitals nationwide, using guidance Landau helped develop, now prepare multiple doses from a vial that would normally be used on one patient. Erika Fry, Fortune, "Critical Condition: Inside Pfizer’s Drug Supply Problem," 22 May 2018 Just figuring out how to handle your pets remains—cremation, burial, hanging in a vial around your neck like how Angelina Jolie carried around Billy Bob Thornton's blood in the early aughts—is difficult. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "You Can Now Turn Your Pet Into a Diamond After They Pass Away," 1 Apr. 2019 Jan Castro, an art critic from Brooklyn, was browsing the vials at Enfleurage on a recent Sunday. Richard Schiffman, New York Times, "The Sweet Smell of Osmanthus Absolute," 28 Feb. 2018 All the questions posed by the case are made believable by the puncture in the old blood vial. German Lopez, Vox, "The first season was a huge hit, and quite a bit has happened since it premiered.," 18 Oct. 2018 Apply a few drops of the fluid, housed in a pinky-sized vial, before your essence to target and treat hyperpigmentation, dullness, and acne. 11. Nuy Cho, Redbook, "12 Korean Beauty Hacks for Perfect Skin," 17 July 2018 The initial list price for Zulresso in the U.S. will be $7,450 per vial with a projected average cost of $34,000 per patient over the course of treatment. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "The FDA Has Approved the First Postpartum Depression Drug—And It’s a Game-Changer," 20 Mar. 2019 In late December, Fresenius boosted prices for various versions of hydromorphone, including a 15% increase for a box of 10 vials, to about $90. Peter Loftus, WSJ, "Drugmakers Raise Prices Amid Shortages, Recalls," 18 Jan. 2019

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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 How to pronounce vial (audio) \

Kids Definition of vial

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


vi·​al | \ ˈvī(-ə)l How to pronounce vial (audio) \

Medical Definition of vial

: a small closed or closable vessel especially for liquids

called also phial

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