Definition of phial in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈfʌɪəl/


A small cylindrical glass bottle, typically used for medical samples or for potions or medicines: a phial of blood
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  • There was an assortment of pill bottles, boxes of syringes, phials of various medicines, and many boxes of gloves.
  • Today, even if the original forensic sample is no longer viable for DNA analysis, the glass phial it's been in for decades may offer up enough material.
  • The phial contained a second sample of urine from the horse which would have enabled dope testers to determine whether Ireland retained its only gold medal of the games.


Middle English: from Old French fiole, via Latin from Greek phialē, denoting a broad flat container. Compare with vial.

  • 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 phial

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

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