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phial Syllabification: phi·al
Pronunciation: /ˈfī(ə)l/

Definition of phial in English:


Another term for vial.
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.


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

  • 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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