vial

noun

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

Examples of vial in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web An investigation into the firefighter began when the Centerton Fire Chief noticed a 10 mg vial was missing from the narcotics safe, Centerton police said. Kate Linderman, Kansas City Star, 22 Feb. 2024 As the room collectively exhaled, a nurse reached back through the crowd with a vial of blood drawn from the fetus and handed it to MacKenzie. Megan Molteni, STAT, 21 Feb. 2024 Researchers say that a small vial of deep red paste found in Iran’s Jiroft region is likely an ancient tube of lipstick. Sonja Anderson, Smithsonian Magazine, 20 Feb. 2024 The Pitt team even shipped vials of the phage to the hotel where Cole’s family was staying. Emily Mullin, WIRED, 14 Feb. 2024 But much of it could be wiped out by a few vials of sperm. Sophie Strosberg, Parents, 26 Oct. 2023 The paper, which was based on an analysis of 24 vials of the mRNA vaccines, actually found that in all cases the fragments were well below the concentration limits set by the FDA. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 9 Jan. 2024 During that time, he was administered 28 vials of antivenom intravenously at a cost of $3,400 per vial. Louis Sahagún, Los Angeles Times, 24 Dec. 2023 As the vaccinators immunized children inside the vehicles, taking only seconds to pour the vials and mark their hands with a pen, nobody in the packed cars appeared to object. Rick Noack, Washington Post, 5 Dec. 2023 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 4 Mar. 2024.

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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