Definition of phial in English:

phial

Syllabification: phi·al
Pronunciation: /ˈfīəl
 
/

noun

  • another term for vial.
    More example sentences
    • 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.

Origin

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

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