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syringe

[suh-rinj, sir-inj] /səˈrɪndʒ, ˈsɪr ɪndʒ/
noun
1.
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.
2.
any similar device for pumping and spraying liquids through a small aperture.
verb (used with object), syringed, syringing.
3.
to cleanse, wash, inject, etc., by means of a syringe.
Origin of syringe
late Middle English
1375-1425
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

syrinx

[sir-ingks] /ˈsɪr ɪŋks/
noun, plural syringes
[suh-rin-jeez] /səˈrɪn dʒiz/ (Show IPA),
syrinxes.
1.
Ornithology. the vocal organ of birds, situated at or near the bifurcation of the trachea into the bronchi.
2.
(initial capital letter) Classical Mythology. a mountain nymph of Arcadia who was transformed, in order to protect her chastity from Pan, into the reed from which Pan then made the panpipe.
3.
a panpipe.
4.
a narrow corridor in an ancient Egyptian tomb.
Origin
1600-10; (< Latin) < Greek sŷrinx pipe, pipelike object
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syringe

/ˈsɪrɪndʒ; sɪˈrɪndʒ/
noun
1.
(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
2.
any similar device for injecting, spraying, or extracting liquids by means of pressure or suction
verb
3.
(transitive) to cleanse, inject, or spray with a syringe
Word Origin
C15: from Late Latin, from Latin: syrinx

syrinx

/ˈsɪrɪŋks/
noun (pl) syringes (sɪˈrɪndʒiːz), syrinxes
1.
the vocal organ of a bird, which is situated in the lower part of the trachea
2.
(in classical Greek music) a panpipe or set of panpipes
3.
(anatomy) another name for the Eustachian tube
Derived Forms
syringeal (sɪˈrɪndʒɪəl) adjective
Word Origin
C17: via Latin from Greek surinx pipe

Syrinx

/ˈsɪrɪŋks/
noun
1.
(Greek myth) a nymph who was changed into a reed to save her from the amorous pursuit of Pan. From this reed Pan then fashioned his musical pipes
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Word Origin and History for syringes

syringe

n.

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.

syrinx

n.

c.1600, the instrument itself known from 14c. in English, from Late Latin syrinx, from Greek syrinx "shepherd's pipe." Used of vocal organs of birds from 1872.

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syringes in Medicine

syringe sy·ringe (sə-rĭnj', sēr'ĭnj)
n.

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

  2. A hypodermic syringe.

syrinx syr·inx (sēr'ĭngks)
n. pl. syr·inx·es or sy·rin·ges (sə-rĭn'jēz, -rĭng'gēz)
A pathological tube-shaped cavity in the brain or spinal cord.

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syringes in Science
syringe
  (sə-rĭnj')   
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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