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vial Syllabification: vi·al
Pronunciation: /ˈvī(ə)l/

Definition of vial in English:


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.


Middle English: alteration of phial.

  • phial from Middle English:

    The word phial is from Old French fiole, via Latin from Greek phialē which described a broad flat container, rather than our small, cylindrical container. Vial is simply a re-spelling of the same word.

Words that rhyme with vial

denial, dial, espial, Lyall, mistrial, myall, Niall, phial, trial, viol
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