One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A disposable injection unit comprising a collapsible tube with an attached hypodermic needle and a single dose of a drug, commonly morphine.
- ‘He also instructed me not to let a medic waste bandages or syrettes on him either.’
- ‘The medic slammed a syrette of morphine into Loren's thigh, making Ava cry out.’
- ‘It's atropine that I found in a syrette under the refrigerator.’
- ‘That is what David told me today as I tried to make a guy give me a couple of syrettes out of his emergency kit to the medics.’
1940s: from syringe + -ette.
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