[suh-rinj, sir-inj]


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
Related formssy·ringe·ful, adjectiveun·syr·inged, adjective



noun, plural sy·rin·ges [suh-rin-jeez] /səˈrɪn dʒiz/, syr·inx·es.

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

1600–10; (< Latin) < Greek sŷrinx pipe, pipelike object Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of syringes

Historical Examples of syringes

  • The allusion to the catacombs in comparison with the syringes is evident.

    Pagan and Christian Rome

    Rodolfo Lanciani

  • Getting the syringes, he jumped into his cab, and was driven to the Professor's.

  • Volleys of Rose-water and other perfumes were also discharged by means of syringes.

  • 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

    Alan Nourse

British Dictionary definitions for syringes



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


noun plural syringes (sɪˈrɪndʒiːz) or syrinxes

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
Derived Formssyringeal (sɪˈrɪndʒɪəl), adjective

Word Origin for syrinx

C17: via Latin from Greek surinx pipe



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
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Word Origin and History for syringes



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for syringes


[sə-rĭnj, sîrĭnj]


An instrument used to inject fluids into the body or draw them from it.
A hypodermic syringe.



n. pl. syr•inx•es

A pathological tube-shaped cavity in the brain or spinal cord.
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Science definitions for syringes



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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