vial

noun

vi·​al ˈvī(-ə)l How to pronounce vial (audio)
: a small closed or closable vessel especially for liquids

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Pfizer said its inventory of the single-dose vial was back to normal as of the end of July and is fulfilling all of its orders, spokeswoman Sharon Castillo said. Meryl Kornfield, Anchorage Daily News, 7 Aug. 2022 The drug has become notorious for its price increase of almost 97,000%, from $40 a vial in 2000 to approximately $39,000 today. Joshua Cohen, Forbes, 10 Oct. 2022 In reality, Dahmer confessed to taking a small vial onto the facility's roof and tasting it before spitting it out on the rooftop. Theara Coleman, The Week, 3 Oct. 2022 After a shortage of the Jynneos vaccines this summer, availability across the nation has dramatically increased, stretched even further by a new method to administer the shots that requires only a fraction of a full vial. Jessica Roy, Los Angeles Times, 20 Sep. 2022 The government last week moved to stretch the supply by giving people one-fifth the usual dose, injected just under the skin, instead of a full vial injected into deeper tissue. Mike Stobbe, ajc, 18 Aug. 2022 The monkeypox vaccine can now be given to high-risk adults in a way that will allow health care providers to get five doses out of a standard one-dose vial. Alexandra Meeks, CNN, 10 Aug. 2022 The spoons brought me joy in a way that a vial filled with pink sand from some tropical beach never did. New York Times, 2 Aug. 2022 Substances found inside a glass vial and a baggie both tested positive for meth, an affidavit said. Fox News, 8 July 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Middle English fiole, viole, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin fiola, alteration of Latin phiala — more at phial

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of vial was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Vial.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vial. Accessed 30 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

vial

noun

vi·​al ˈvī(-ə)l How to pronounce vial (audio)
: a small container (as for medicines) made usually of glass or plastic

Medical Definition

vial

noun

vi·​al ˈvī(-ə)l How to pronounce vial (audio)
: a small closed or closable vessel especially for liquids

called also phial

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