Definition of phial in English:
- 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.
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.
Definition of phial in:
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