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[pahy-pet, pi-] /paɪˈpɛt, pɪ-/
a slender graduated tube used in a laboratory for measuring and transferring quantities of liquids from one container to another.
verb (used with object), pipetted, pipetting.
to measure or transfer a quantity of a liquid with a pipette.
Origin of pipette
From French, dating back to 1830-40; See origin at pipe1, -ette Unabridged
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a calibrated glass tube drawn to a fine bore at one end, filled by sucking liquid into the bulb, and used to transfer or measure known volumes of liquid
(transitive) to transfer or measure out (a liquid) using a pipette
Word Origin
C19: via French: little pipe, from pipepipe1
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Word Origin and History for pipette

also pipet, 1818, from French pipette, from Middle French pipette "tube," diminutive of Old French pipe, from Vulgar Latin *pipa (see pipe (n.1)).

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pipette in Medicine

pipette pi·pette or pi·pet (pī-pět')
A narrow, usually calibrated glass tube into which small amounts of liquid are suctioned for transfer or measurement.

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pipette in Science
A graduated narrow glass tube, often with an enlarged bulb, used for transferring measured volumes of liquids.
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