Definition of syringe in English:


Syllabification: sy·ringe
Pronunciation: /səˈrinj, ˈsirinj


  • 1A tube with a nozzle and piston or bulb for sucking in and ejecting liquid in a thin stream, used for cleaning wounds or body cavities, or fitted with a hollow needle for injecting or withdrawing fluids.
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    • Injections were given using glass syringes with reusable steel needles.
    • This is performed under general or spinal anaesthetic and some marrow is removed from your own or a donor's hip bone using a syringe and needle.
    • Some countries may be suspicious of syringes and needles carried by a traveler.
  • 1.1A device similar to a syringe used in gardening or cooking.

verb (syringes, syringing, syringed)

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  • 1Spray liquid into (the ear or a wound) with a syringe: I had my ears syringed
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    • Impacted cerumen (ear wax) causes problems for some 2.3 million people in the UK, leading to about four million ears being syringed each year.
    • The most common clinical practice is ear syringing, which is limited by patient tolerance and complications.
    • He and his colleagues studied the effect of ear syringing on hearing.
  • 1.1Spray liquid over (plants) with a syringe: syringe the leaves frequently during warm weather
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    • Reduced mowing frequency, light frequent syringing, and bi-weekly applications of starter fertilizer will all enhance seed establishment.
    • It has held up well in the heat and we have not had to send guys around syringing.
    • Watering is still limited to the hours of 5 p.m. and 10 a.m., but hand watering and syringing is allowed during the day.


late Middle English: from medieval Latin syringa, from syrinx (see syrinx).

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