Definition of ampoule in English:


Syllabification: am·poule
Pronunciation: /ˈamˌp(y)o͞ol
(also ampul or ampule)


  • A sealed glass capsule containing a liquid, especially a measured quantity ready for injecting: an ampoule of epinephrine
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    • Glass ampoules and syringes were used to administer emergency medications (eg, epinephrine, hydrocortisone) before Mr L's procedure began.
    • Because the pharmacy had no pethidine, the general practitioner obtained an ampoule of diamorphine containing 100 mg and administered the whole dose intramuscularly.
    • Preservative-free medication ampules, vials, and prefilled syringes for single patient, single-dose items should be checked for the presence of preservative agents.


early 20th century: from French, from Latin ampulla (see ampulla).

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