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[suh-rinj, sir-inj] /səˈrɪndʒ, ˈsɪr ɪndʒ/
a small device consisting of a glass, metal, or hard rubber tube, narrowed at its outlet, and fitted with either a piston or a rubber bulb for drawing in a quantity of fluid or for ejecting fluid in a stream, for cleaning wounds, injecting fluids into the body, etc.
any similar device for pumping and spraying liquids through a small aperture.
verb (used with object), syringed, syringing.
to cleanse, wash, inject, etc., by means of a syringe.
late Middle English
1375-1425; new singular formed from Late Latin sȳringēs, plural of sȳrinx syrinx; replacing late Middle English syring < Medieval Latin syringa
Related forms
syringeful, adjective
unsyringed, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for syringe
  • But a doctor or a nurse still must put a syringe into the vial and draw out the medicine.
  • The voltage difference causes a jet of the solution to stream from syringe to electrode.
  • Still, when the syringe was full and the needle entered the flesh, it was clear there was a lot of pain.
  • Then, using a syringe or a pneumatic spray, the surgeon squirts the cells on to the wound.
  • He then proceeded to take a syringe and pretend to stab his friend with it.
  • Needle and syringe programmes represent an important way to try to engage this disenfranchised group.
  • The tip of his hot soldering iron happened to touch the needle of a syringe charged with ink.
  • It is injected by a nurse with an intimidating syringe under a local anaesthetic.
  • The sample of fluid is removed from the peritoneal space using a needle and syringe.
  • Used surgical gloves, syringe wrappers and paper scraps had collected along the walls during the night.
British Dictionary definitions for syringe


/ˈsɪrɪndʒ; sɪˈrɪndʒ/
(med) an instrument, such as a hypodermic syringe or a rubber ball with a slender nozzle, for use in withdrawing or injecting fluids, cleaning wounds, etc
any similar device for injecting, spraying, or extracting liquids by means of pressure or suction
(transitive) to cleanse, inject, or spray with a syringe
Word Origin
C15: from Late Latin, from Latin: syrinx
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Word Origin and History for syringe

early 15c., from Late Latin syringa, from Greek syringa, accusative of syrinx "tube, hole, channel, shepherd's pipe," related to syrizein "to pipe, whistle, hiss," from PIE root *swer- (see susurration). Originally a catheter for irrigating wounds, the application to hypodermic needles is from 1884.

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syringe in Medicine

syringe sy·ringe (sə-rĭnj', sēr'ĭnj)

  1. An instrument used to inject fluids into the body or draw them from it.

  2. A hypodermic syringe.

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syringe in Science
A medical instrument used to inject fluids into the body or draw them from it. Syringes have several different forms. Bulb syringes are usually made of rubber and work by squeezing the bulb to expel a fluid from it, as in ear irrigation. Needle syringes have hypodermic needles attached to plastic or glass tubes that contain plungers to create force or suction.
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