Vial vs. Ampoule

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Main Difference

The main difference between Vial and Ampoule is that the Vial is a reagent bottle and Ampoule is a small sealed vial

  • Vial

    A vial (also known as a phial or flacon) is a small glass or plastic vessel or bottle, often used to store medication as liquids, powders or capsules. They can also be used as scientific sample vessels; for instance, in autosampler devices in analytical chromatography. Vial-like glass containers date back to classical antiquity; modern vials are often made of plastics such as polypropylene. There are different types of vials such as a single dose vial and multi-dose vials often used for medications. The single dose vial is only used once whereas a multi-dose vial can be used more than once. The CDC sets specific guidelines on multi-dose vials.

  • Ampoule

    An ampoule (also ampul, ampule, or ampulla) is a small sealed vial which is used to contain and preserve a sample, usually a solid or liquid. Ampoules are commonly made of glass, although plastic ampoules do exist.

    Modern ampoules are most commonly used to contain pharmaceuticals and chemicals that must be protected from air and contaminants. They are hermetically sealed by melting the thin top with an open flame, and usually opened by snapping off the neck. The space above the chemical may be filled with an inert gas before sealing. The walls of glass ampoules are usually sufficiently strong to be brought into a glovebox without any difficulty.

    Glass ampoules are more expensive than bottles and other simple containers, but there are many situations where their superior imperviousness to gases and liquids and all-glass interior surface are worth the extra cost. Examples of chemicals sold in ampoules are injectable pharmaceuticals, air-sensitive reagents like tetrakis(triphenylphosphine)palladium(0), hygroscopic materials like deuterated solvents and trifluoromethanesulfonic acid, and analytical standards.

  • Vial (noun)

    A glass vessel or bottle, especially a small tube-shaped bottle used to store medicine, perfume or other chemical.

  • Vial (verb)

    To put or keep in, or as in, a vial.

  • Ampoule (noun)

    A small hermetically sealed vial, often used to contain a sterile solution suitable for injection.

  • Ampoule (noun)

    a small sealed glass capsule containing a liquid, especially a measured quantity ready for injecting

    “an ampoule of adrenaline”

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