syringe

Definitions

General English

General Science

  • noun a device consisting of a needle attached to a tube, used for injecting fluids into the body or for taking blood
  • noun to clean, spray or inject something by using a syringe

Food

  • A piston and cylinder with provision for attaching piping nozzles, used in cake decorating where the paste or cream is too thick for a piping bag

Medical

  • noun a medical instrument made of a tube with a plunger which either slides down inside the tube, forcing the contents out through a needle as in an injection, or slides up the tube, allowing a liquid to be sucked into it
  • verb to wash out the ears using a syringe

Military

  • noun a device, consisting of a tube, plunger and needle, which is used to inject liquid into a person’s body or to extract blood or other fluids

Origin & History of “syringe”

Syringes get their name from their cylindrical shape. The word comes from late Latin syringa, an alteration of Latin syrinx, which in turn went back to Greek súrigx ‘pipe, shepherd’s pipe’. The stems of both the mock orange shrub and the lilac were used for making such pipes – hence their alternative name syringa (17th c.).
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