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[suh-rinj, sir-inj]
  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.
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verb (used with object), sy·ringed, sy·ring·ing.
  1. to cleanse, wash, inject, etc., by means of a syringe.
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Origin of syringe

1375–1425; new singular formed from Late Latin sȳringēs, plural of sȳrinx syrinx; replacing late Middle English syring < Medieval Latin syringa
Related formssy·ringe·ful, adjectiveun·syr·inged, adjective
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Examples from the Web for syringe

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Historical Examples

  • In this case artificial fecundation by the syringe is practicable.

  • So I whispered to him to pretend to go to sleep, and then I told the doctor I had lost the syringe.

    The Christian

    Hall Caine

  • But he quickly filled the syringe, and prepared to repeat the former operation.

    Paul Patoff

    F. Marion Crawford

  • Who had spoken lately of a morphinomaniac that carried his syringe always with him?

  • I dropped the syringe into my overcoat pocket and thought no more of the matter.

    The Lost Despatch

    Natalie Sumner Lincoln

British Dictionary definitions for syringe


  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
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  1. (tr) to cleanse, inject, or spray with a syringe
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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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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

syringe in Medicine


(sə-rĭnj, sîrĭnj)
  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


  1. 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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