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 One patient, Melissa Penix, was given 20 100-microgram vials, about 20 times the upper end of a dose recommended by Food and Drug Administration guidelines. New York Times, "One Doctor. 25 Deaths. How Could It Have Happened?," 11 Oct. 2019 According to Dunn’s office, Unruh stole vials containing fentanyl or hydromorphone and injected herself in a bathroom. Anna Staver, The Denver Post, "Former nurse sentenced for stealing, swapping out opioids intended for patients," 18 Sep. 2019 As of August, Repro Lab was still selling vials, priced at $450-$525, from the donor. Author: Ariana Eunjung Cha, Anchorage Daily News, "The autistic children of sperm donor H898," 16 Sep. 2019 As of August, Repro Lab was still selling vials, priced at $450-$525, from the donor. oregonlive, "Mom sues, saying prolific sperm donor passed along autism," 15 Sep. 2019 DeGrave’s theory is his brother just got a bad vial. Deanna Weniger, Twin Cities, "As vaping increases, Minnesota officials see disturbing link to severe lung injuries," 13 Aug. 2019 From the chest, geologist Kate Burgess pulls out another treasure: a tiny Teflon vial, double-wrapped in Teflon bags. Brian Resnick, Vox, "How Apollo moon rocks reveal the epic history of the cosmos," 15 July 2019 The cancer drug Lutathera was initially rejected over manufacturing problems at three plants but was approved a year later without a fresh inspection and was priced at $57,000 a vial. Sydney Lupkin,, "FDA keeps brand-name drugs on a fast path to market, despite manufacturing concerns," 8 Nov. 2019 Salt is allowed, but the vials may cause a few eyebrow raises in the X-Ray machine. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Hostess Gifts Under $50 So You Don't Show Up to Holiday Dinner Parties Empty-Handed," 4 Nov. 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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1 Dec 2019

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“Vial.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 11 December 2019.

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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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