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

Definition of vial

: a small closed or closable vessel especially for liquids

Examples of vial in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Depending on the person, people with diabetes may go through one to as many as six vials of insulin a month. Shari Rudavsky, Indianapolis Star, "Jeremy Crawford couldn't afford his high-priced insulin. That contributed to his death.," 29 Dec. 2019 Yes, 12 nights of wine, each glass’s worth delivered in a fancy test tube-esque vial. Cady Lang, Time, "The 20 Best Holiday Gifts Under $250," 19 Dec. 2019 However, to achieve these best-case results from the new drug, a healthcare worker would need to administer up to four vials each month to each patient as infusion, Novartis says. Paul Adepoju, Quartz Africa, "A new Sickle cell disease drug holds much promise but most sufferers won’t be able to afford it," 26 Nov. 2019 The Justice Department alleges that by the end of 2014, Mallinkcrodt had increased the cost of Acthar to more than $32,000 a vial, from about $50 in 2001. Allison Prang, WSJ, "Justice Department Sues Mallinckrodt, Alleging Kickbacks," 5 June 2019 The price of Mallinckrodt's anti-inflammatory drug Acthar -- best known for treating babies with a debilitating seizure disorder -- has gone from $40 a vial in 2000 to nearly $39,000 today. Wayne Drash, CNN, "Mallinckrodt paid 'kickbacks' to keep drug price high, and stuck taxpayers with bill, DOJ lawsuit says," 5 June 2019 The cost can range from $25 to $100 per vial, putting the medicine out of reach for some families without insurance coverage. Marissa J. Lang, Washington Post, "A new clinic at Children’s National Hospital treats undocumented kids with diabetes. But they’re hesitant to seek care.," 25 Oct. 2019 Small, loose fossils were placed in a vial and turned in at the end of the day. Jennifer Billock, Smithsonian, "Want to Dig For Dinosaur Bones? Join the Pros at These Spots," 25 Sep. 2019 Because they are stored in the same vial, if any of them are damaged, they are all damaged. Diana Kapp, The Cut, "What It’s Like to Be a Victim of a ‘Fertility Disaster’," 15 Mar. 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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13 Jan 2020

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“Vial.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 24 January 2020.

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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


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Medical Definition of vial

: a small closed or closable vessel especially for liquids

called also phial

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