vial

noun
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 Humalog, an insulin produced by Eli Lilly and commonly used by diabetics, went from $21 a vial when it was introduced in 1996 to $275 today — an increase of 1,209 percent. Washington Post, 14 Apr. 2022 Sometimes a multi-dose vial was opened to administer a single shot and there were no takers for the remaining vaccine. Karen Kaplan Science And Medicine Editor, Los Angeles Times, 4 Mar. 2022 Once a Moderna vial is opened, the 10 to 15 doses in the package last only 12 hours. Lois K. Solomon, sun-sentinel.com, 2 Nov. 2021 Most vaccines can stay on the shelf unopened for months, but once a vial is opened, the clock starts ticking. Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 27 Sep. 2021 While most vaccines can stay on the shelf unopened for months, once a vial is opened the clock starts ticking. Todd Richmond, chicagotribune.com, 26 Sep. 2021 Over four years ago, Vaught withdrew a vial from an electronic medication cabinet, administered the drug to Murphey, and somehow overlooked signs of a deadly mistake. Olivia Jakiel, PEOPLE.com, 25 Mar. 2022 Four years ago, inside the most prestigious hospital in Tennessee, nurse RaDonda Vaught withdrew a vial from an electronic medication cabinet, administered the drug to a patient, and somehow overlooked signs of a terrible and deadly mistake. Brett Kelman, Quartz, 23 Mar. 2022 In 2018, a woman claiming to own a vial of Moon dust—gifted to her as a child by Armstrong—preemptively sued the National Aeronautics and Space Administration for possession. Stephanie Mlot, PCMAG, 14 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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25 May 2022

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“Vial.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vial. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for vial

vial

noun
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

vial

noun
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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