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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ BThe closet is empty, save for a syringe and spoon stored on a tiny ledge.
▪ He creeps into the caves himself, armed only with a torch and a sedative-containing syringe on a pole.
▪ He says it's vital that drug users have access to supplies of clean syringes.
▪ It is essential that patients ensure there are no leaks of insulin where the infusion set is connected to the syringe.
▪ She broke open the capsule, which had no brand name on it, and filled the syringe.
▪ They also operate a syringe exchange.
▪ This is why people should never share their syringes.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Syringe \Syr"inge\, n. [F. seringue (cf. Pr. siringua, Sp. jeringa, It. sciringa, scilinga), fg. Gr. ?, ?, a pipe or tube; cf. Skr. svar to sound, and E. swarum. Cf. Syringa.] A kind of small hand-pump for throwing a stream of liquid, or for purposes of aspiration. It consists of a small cylindrical barrel and piston, or a bulb of soft elastic material, with or without valves, and with a nozzle which is sometimes at the end of a flexible tube; -- used for injecting animal bodies, cleansing wounds, etc.

Garden syringe. See Garden.


Syringe \Syr"inge\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Syringed; p. pr. & vb. n. Syringing.]

  1. To inject by means of a syringe; as, to syringe warm water into a vein.

  2. To wash and clean by injection from a syringe.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"narrow tube for injecting a stream of liquid," early 15c. (earlier suringa, late 14c.), 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. Related: Syringeal.


n. 1 A device used for injecting or drawing fluids through a membrane. 2 A device consisting of a hypodermic needle, a chamber for containing liquids, and a piston for applying pressure (to inject) or reducing pressure (to draw); a hypodermic syringe. vb. To clean or inject fluid by means of a syringe.

  1. n. a medical instrument used to inject or withdraw fluids

  2. v. spray or irrigate (a body part) with a syringe


A syringe is a simple pump consisting of a plunger that fits tightly in a tube. The plunger can be pulled and pushed along inside a cylindrical tube (called a barrel), allowing the syringe to take in and expel a liquid or gas through an orifice at the open end of the tube. The open end of the syringe may be fitted with a hypodermic needle, a nozzle, or tubing to help direct the flow into and out of the barrel. Syringes are often used to administer injections, insert intravenous drugs into the bloodstream, apply compounds such as glue or lubricant, and measure liquids.

The word "syringe" is derived from the Greek σύριγξ ( syrinx, meaning "tube") via back-formation of a new singular from its Greek-type plural "syringes" (σύριγγες).

Usage examples of "syringe".

If I had acriflavine, I could squirt it up your pipe in a bulb syringe.

The anatomy of the nasal passages, and the various chambers and tubes that communicate therewith, is such that they cannot be reached with fluid administered with any kind of syringe or inhaling tube, or with any instrument, except one constructed to apply it upon the principle above stated.

Catarrh Remedy administered preferably by means of the post-nasal syringe as illustrated in Fig.

I quickly transferred aliquots of blood to three different vacutainers, then removed the needle from the syringe, all the while concealing the dot of red on my wrist where the needle had hit me.

He opened and cleaned the wounds with something that felt like a wire brush, stitched them up neatly, covered them all with aluminium foil and bandage, fed me a variety of pills then, for good measure, jabbed me a couple of times with a hypodermic syringe.

I had when I had made my original survey of the rooms, I lifted them from each drawer to see if there was not a steel, igniter, or syringe of amadou beneath them.

As soon as we were alone I fell on the cruet, and, after a nerve-racking fumble, unearthed the syringe.

You may think, as judges say when they mean you ought to think, that it was an extremely rum thing for him to leave the syringe in the cruet after the job was done.

On the night of Christmas, a child desperately sick with diphtheria cried and kicked a little as the needle of the first syringe full of antitoxin slid under its tender skin.

Then I clamped off the cord, filled a syringe, and euthanatized the doe.

Plunging the needle through the stopper again, she drew up the glucagon mixture into the syringe.

Roux and Chamberland fished froth out of the mouth of this mad beast and sucked it up into syringes and injected this stuff into rabbits and guinea-pigs.

Nurse Harden fetched the syringe and gave it to Thorns, who injected the stuff.

Nurse Harden fetched the syringe and gave it to Thoms, who injected the stuff.

Dal began filling syringes while Tiger and Jack started inoculating the two groups.