Definition of vial
: a small closed or closable vessel especially for liquids
Recent Examples of vial from the Web
The investigators say that reuse caused a syringe to become contaminated, and this contaminated the measles vaccine vials, which then infected the children.
Scientists discovered the vials while preparing for the laboratory’s move to the FDA’s main campus.
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VIAL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of vial for English Language Learners
: a very small glass or plastic container used for perfumes, medicines, etc.
VIAL Defined for Kids
Definition of vial for Students
: a small container (as for medicines) that is usually made of glass or plastic
Medical Definition of vial
: a small closed or closable vessel especially for liquids—called also phial
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