FACT FOOD #617

The term ‘syringe’ comes from the Greek word ‘syrinx’ meaning ‘tube’. In classical Greek mythology, Syrinx was a nymph who was pursued by the amorous god ‘Pan’, and to avoid his advances, Syrinx ran away before her path was cut by river Ladon. In desperation, Syrinx appealed for the river God, who turned her into a reed. In vain, Pan sighed out so deep that it sounded through the reeds, producing a melody. Impressed by this melody, Pan put together small pieces of reed and produced a pan pipe, which he named ‘Syrinx’ to honor the nymph.