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Syringe Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    syringe n : a medical instrument used to inject or withdraw fluids v : spray or irrigate (a body part) with a syringe
Syringe Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Syringe \Syr"inge\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Syringed; p. pr. & vb. n. Syringing.]
  1. To inject by means of a syringe; as, to syringe warm water into a vein.
  2. To wash and clean by injection from a syringe.
Syringe Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Syringe \Syr"inge\, n. [F. seringue (cf. Pr. siringua, Sp. jeringa, It. sciringa, scilinga), fg. Gr. ?, ?, a pipe or tube; cf. Skr. svar to sound, and E. swarum. Cf. Syringa.] A kind of small hand-pump for throwing a stream of liquid, or for purposes of aspiration. It consists of a small cylindrical barrel and piston, or a bulb of soft elastic material, with or without valves, and with a nozzle which is sometimes at the end of a flexible tube; -- used for injecting animal bodies, cleansing wounds, etc. Garden syringe. See Garden.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Syringe'

A syringe is a simple piston pump consisting of a plunger that fits tightly in a tube. The plunger can be pulled and pushed along inside a cylindrical tube (the barrel), allowing the syringe to take in and expel a liquid or gas through an orifice at the open end of the tube. The open end of the syringe may be fitted with a hypodermic needle, a nozzle, or tubing to help direct the flow into and out of the barrel. Syringes are often used to administer injections, insert intravenous drugs into the bloodstream, apply compounds such as glue or lubricant, and measure liquids.

The word "syringe" is derived from the Greek συριγξ syrinx = "tube" via back-formation of a new singular from its Greek-type plural "syringes" (συριγγες syringes)

Hypodermic syringes are used with hypodermic needles to inject liquid or gases into body tissues, or to remove from the body. Injecting of air into a blood vessel is hazardous, as it may cause an air embolism; preventing embolisms by removing air from the syringe is one of the reasons for the familiar image of holding a hypodermic syringe upside down, tapping it, and expelling a small amount of liquid before an injection into the bloodstream.

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