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or am·pul, am·poule

[am-pyool, -pool]
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noun Medicine/Medical.
  1. a sealed glass or plastic bulb containing solutions for hypodermic injection.
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Origin of ampule

1175–1225; < French < Latin ampulla ampulla; replacing Middle English ampulle < Old French < Latin; replacing Old English ampella, ampulla < Latin
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  • The chief sign of the Canterbury pilgrimage was an ampul or ampulla or flask of lead or pewter.

    A Handbook of Pictorial History

    Henry W. Donald

Word Origin and History for ampul


sealed container holding a dose of medicine, 1907, from French ampul (1886), from Latin ampulla (see ampoule). A modern borrowing of the word represented by Middle English ampoule.

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