I. noun Etymology: Middle English syring, from Anglo-French siringe, from Medieval Latin syringa, from Late Latin, injection, from Greek syring-, syrinx panpipe, tube Date: 14th century a device used to inject fluids into or withdraw them from something (as the body or its cavities): as a. a device that consists of a nozzle of varying length and a compressible rubber bulb and is used for injection or irrigation b. an instrument (as for the injection of medicine or the withdrawal of bodily fluids) that consists of a hollow barrel fitted with a plunger and a hollow needle c. a gravity device consisting of a reservoir fitted with a long rubber tube ending with an exchangeable nozzle that is used for irrigation of the vagina or bowel II. transitive verb (syringed; syringing) Date: 1610 to irrigate or spray with or as if with a syringe

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  • syringe — [ sirɛ̃ʒ ] n. f. • « syrinx » 1808; lat. syringæ, syringes; gr. surigx ♦ Archéol. Tombe royale d Égypte pharaonique, creusée dans le roc en forme de galerie. ⇒SYRINX, SYRINGE, subst. fém. A. MUS., rare. Synon. littér. de flûte de Pan (v. flûte1 A …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • 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. [1913 Webster] 2. To wash and clean by injection from a syringe. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • syringe — [sə rinj′, sir′inj] n. [ME siringe < ML sirynga < Gr syrinx (gen. syringos), a reed, pipe, prob. < IE base * two , a tube > Sans tūṇa, a quiver] 1. a device consisting of a narrow tube fitted at one end with a rubber bulb or piston by …   English World 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • syringe — ► NOUN ▪ a tube with a nozzle and piston for sucking in and ejecting liquid in a thin stream, often one fitted with a hollow needle for injecting or withdrawing bodily fluids. ► VERB (syringing) ▪ spray liquid into or over with a syringe. ORIGIN… …   English terms dictionary

  • syringe — early 15c., from L.L. syringa, from Gk. syringa, accusative of syrinx tube, hole, channel, shepherd s pipe, related to syrizein to pipe, whistle, hiss, from PIE root *swer (see SUSURRATION (Cf. susurration)). Originally a catheter for irrigating… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Syringe — A typical medical syringe with needle 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 (the barrel), allowing the syringe to take in and expel a… …   Wikipedia

  • Syringe — A device used in medicine to inject fluid into or withdraw fluid from the body. Medical syringes consist of a needle attached to a hollow cylinder that is fitted with a sliding plunger. The downward movement of the plunger injects fluid; upward… …   Medical dictionary

  • syringe — {{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}} noun ADJECTIVE ▪ clean, sterile ▪ contaminated, dirty, used ▪ a beach scattered with used syringes ▪ disposable …   Collocations dictionary

  • syringe — I UK [sɪˈrɪndʒ] / US noun [countable] Word forms syringe : singular syringe plural syringes a needle fitted to a plastic tube, used for taking blood from your body or for putting medicine or drugs into it II UK [sɪˈrɪndʒ] / US verb [transitive]… …   English dictionary

  • syringe — syr·inge || sɪrɪndÊ’ n. (Medicine) device used to inject or withdraw fluids from the body; hypodermic syringe v. inject with a syringe; clean by means of an injection with a syringe …   English contemporary dictionary

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