or am·pul, am·poule

[ am-pyool, -pool ]
/ ˈæm pyul, -pul /

noun Medicine/Medical.

a sealed glass or plastic bulb containing solutions for hypodermic injection.


Origin of ampule

1175–1225; < French < Latin ampulla ampulla; replacing Middle English ampulle < Old French < Latin; replacing Old English ampella, ampulla < Latin Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for ampoule

  • After cleaning a spot on her arm, he dug out a needle, and filled it from an ampoule.

    Feet Of Clay|Phillip Hoskins
  • There are only three ampoules of this and they also say, maximum dose one ampoule.

    The Lost Kafoozalum|Pauline Ashwell
  • From them, he compounded a liquid mixture which he forced into the ampoule of a hypodermic needle.

    Deepfreeze|Robert Donald Locke
  • They met together one night in the Duke of Ampoule's country house, six miles eastward of Alca, to consider ways and means.

    Penguin Island|Anatole France

British Dictionary definitions for ampoule


esp US ampule

/ (ˈæmpuːl, -pjuːl) /


med a small glass vessel in which liquids for injection are hermetically sealed
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Word Origin and History for ampoule



"small bottle or flask," especially one used for holy liquids, c.1200, from Old French ampole, from Latin ampulla "small globular flask or bottle," of uncertain origin, perhaps a contracted form of amphora.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper