[ 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), sy·ringed, sy·ring·ing.

to cleanse, wash, inject, etc., by means of a syringe.

Origin of syringe

1375–1425; new singular formed from Late Latin sȳringēs, plural of sȳrinx syrinx; replacing late Middle English syring < Medieval Latin syringa


sy·ringe·ful, adjectiveun·syr·inged, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Examples from the Web for syringe

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


(tr) to cleanse, inject, or spray with a syringe

Word Origin for syringe

C15: from Late Latin, from Latin: syrinx
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for syringe

[ sə-rĭnj, sîrĭnj ]


An instrument used to inject fluids into the body or draw them from it.
A hypodermic syringe.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.

Scientific definitions for 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.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary Copyright © 2011. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.