- 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.
- to cleanse, wash, inject, etc., by means of a syringe.
Origin of syringe
- Ornithology. the vocal organ of birds, situated at or near the bifurcation of the trachea into the bronchi.
- (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.
- a panpipe.
- a narrow corridor in an ancient Egyptian tomb.
Origin of syrinx
Examples from the Web for syringes
Contemporary Examples of syringes
The injections cost about $1,630 per pack of five syringes and must be self-administered.In China, ‘Leftover Women’ Get Plastic Surgery
August 4, 2013
Gorman says she was shocked that “one of their own” would steal narcotics out from under their noses and swap the syringes.Doctor Accused of Infecting Patients With Hepatitis C Breaks Silence
February 22, 2013
The syringes McNamee suddenly produced in 2009 that he said he “saved” after injecting Clemens?Free Roger Clemens!
July 3, 2011
UCE 48 presented Justice with a cardboard box containing two syringes and three vials of liquid.The Vegas Suicide Mystery
February 24, 2011
And soon after, he saw one of his syringes being used for the first time in Cambodia.How to Save a Million Lives
October 13, 2010
Historical Examples of syringes
The allusion to the catacombs in comparison with the syringes is evident.Pagan and Christian Rome
Getting the syringes, he jumped into his cab, and was driven to the Professor's.A Rock in the Baltic
Volleys of Rose-water and other perfumes were also discharged by means of syringes.Plant Lore, Legends, and Lyrics
Syringes are so made that they can be sterilised by boiling.Manual of Surgery
Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles
They want to know what you've done to them, what this new curse is that you bring in your syringes.Star Surgeon
- 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
- the vocal organ of a bird, which is situated in the lower part of the trachea
- (in classical Greek music) a panpipe or set of panpipes
- anatomy another name for the Eustachian tube
Word Origin for syrinx
- 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
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.
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.
- An instrument used to inject fluids into the body or draw them from it.
- A hypodermic syringe.
- A pathological tube-shaped cavity in the brain or spinal cord.
- 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.