Meaning of syringe in English:


Pronunciation /sɪˈrɪn(d)ʒ/ /ˈsɪrɪn(d)ʒ/

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  • 1A tube with a nozzle and piston or bulb for sucking in and ejecting liquid in a thin stream, used for cleaning wounds or body cavities, or fitted with a hollow needle for injecting or withdrawing fluids.

    ‘Injections were given using glass syringes with reusable steel needles.’
    • ‘This is performed under general or spinal anaesthetic and some marrow is removed from your own or a donor's hip bone using a syringe and needle.’
    • ‘Some countries may be suspicious of syringes and needles carried by a traveler.’
    • ‘If your child is under 6 months old, you may need to clear his or her nose with a bulb syringe.’
    • ‘A blood sample may be taken either by using a needle and a syringe, or by using a finger prick.’
    • ‘Hooligans high on drugs also kicked down the doors of external store rooms, where used hypodermic syringes were found.’
    • ‘If you require multiple dose syringes, several brands of disposable sterile automatic vaccine syringes are available.’
    • ‘She pulls out a hypodermic syringe with a light brown liquid in it.’
    • ‘Injections were given using glass syringes with reusable steel needles.’
    • ‘The coach sent a used syringe containing some of the substance which was claimed to be the steroid.’
    • ‘Officers found a used syringe concealed in another man's sock.’
    • ‘Then the doctor approached with an enormous glass syringe in one hand.’
    • ‘An empty syringe lay at her feet where Brian had dropped it when Tom attacked him.’
    • ‘In nearby shadows sat two boys surrounded by discarded syringes.’
    • ‘The project was conducted in an environment that permitted the possession of syringes without a prescription.’
    • ‘California, meanwhile, is one just five states to ban the sale of syringes without a prescription.’
    • ‘Introduce a syringe with no needle and perform the usual steps that accompany the process.’
    • ‘You can buy a medication syringe at your pharmacy.’
    • ‘In a flash, Vincent had produced a syringe from an inside pocket of his coat.’
    • ‘Charles rushes to his daughter's bedroom and expertly jabs her with the insulin syringe.’
    1. 1.1A device similar to a syringe used in gardening or cooking.

verbsyringes, syringing, syringed

[with object]
  • 1Clean (the ear, a wound, etc.) by spraying liquid from a syringe.

    ‘I had my ears syringed’
    • ‘Impacted cerumen (ear wax) causes problems for some 2.3 million people in the UK, leading to about four million ears being syringed each year.’
    • ‘The most common clinical practice is ear syringing, which is limited by patient tolerance and complications.’
    • ‘He and his colleagues studied the effect of ear syringing on hearing.’
    • ‘The hum's absence is maybe even more powerful than its presence - things sound different, brighter, more vivid, not unlike after your ears have been syringed.’
    • ‘My second patient had wax in his ears so I went to the basin to get some warm water to syringe them only to find that there was one tap.’
    • ‘I've experienced waxing-up problems in my ears for many, many years and find it necessary to have them syringed and cleaned at regular intervals.’
    • ‘The snooty receptionist says, ‘I'm sorry, but there's absolutely no way we can arrange an ear syringing today.’’
    • ‘Only today, the practice nurse at my local GPs could not make me a convenient appointment to get my ears syringed, so she suggested I use the walk-in centre.’
    • ‘Oh, I don't know, maybe I just need to get my ears syringed.’
    • ‘If the trouble doesn't clear up in another four days I shall have to go and get the ear syringed, I know that.’
    • ‘If you're up to it, you can have your ears syringed with water to flush them out.’
    • ‘Coincidentally enough, I had mine syringed a couple of weeks ago.’
    • ‘The best thing to do is get to the doctor who may remove the wax by syringing, or suggest special wax-softening ear drops.’
    • ‘If you have bad ear wax, have it syringed only after you've put warmed olive oil in your ears at night for a week.’
    • ‘Last time I was in that building with a cold I was threatened with having my nostrils syringed so I'd sound fine on air.’
    • ‘I must have misheard - I'll have to have the ears syringed again!’
    1. 1.1Spray liquid over (plants) with a syringe.
      ‘syringe the leaves frequently during warm weather’
      • ‘Reduced mowing frequency, light frequent syringing, and bi-weekly applications of starter fertilizer will all enhance seed establishment.’
      • ‘It has held up well in the heat and we have not had to send guys around syringing.’
      • ‘Watering is still limited to the hours of 5 p.m. and 10 a.m., but hand watering and syringing is allowed during the day.’


Late Middle English from medieval Latin syringa, from syrinx (see syrinx).