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vial

Syllabification: vi·al
Pronunciation: /ˈvī(ə)l
 
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Definition of vial in English:

noun

A small container, typically cylindrical and made of glass, used especially for holding liquid medicines.
Example sentences
  • Ritter picked up a box off the counter containing three small vials of different colored liquids.
  • Scully walks up to the table and places upon it a glass vial containing a honeybee that almost cost the agent her life.
  • Both were kept in clear glass vials, which were identical in size and shape.

Origin

Middle English: alteration of phial.

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