Etymology
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vial (n.)

late 14c., vyol, an irregular variant of fyole (see phial).

updated on March 14, 2014

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Definitions of vial from WordNet

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