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[ 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.

Nearby words

syrian, syrian desert, syrian hamster, syringa, syringadenoma, syringe, syringeal, syringectomy, syringes, syringitis, syringo-

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

Definition for syringes (2 of 2)


[ sir-ingks ]
/ ˈsɪr ɪŋks /

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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British Dictionary definitions for syringes (1 of 3)


/ (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

British Dictionary definitions for syringes (2 of 3)


/ (ˈsɪrɪŋks) /

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

British Dictionary definitions for syringes (3 of 3)


/ (ˈsɪrɪŋks) /


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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Medicine definitions for syringes (1 of 2)


[ sə-rĭnj, sîrĭnj ]


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

Medicine definitions for syringes (2 of 2)


[ sîrĭngks ]

n. pl. syr•inx•es

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


[ 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.
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