Etymology
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phial (n.)

"vessel used for holding liquids," late 14c., from Medieval Latin phiola, from Latin phiala, from Greek phialē "flat vessel, dish, flat bowl for drinking or sacrificing," a loan-word of unknown origin. It also came to Middle English via Old French fiole "flask, phial" (12c.), hence the diversity of Middle English spellings (fiole,phiole,phial,fial,viole,vial,viele) and modern vial

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Definitions of phial

phial (n.)
a small bottle that contains a drug (especially a sealed sterile container for injection by needle);
Synonyms: vial / ampule / ampul / ampoule
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