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[pahy-pet, pi-]
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  1. a slender graduated tube used in a laboratory for measuring and transferring quantities of liquids from one container to another.
verb (used with object), pi·pet·ted, pi·pet·ting.
  1. 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
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Examples from the Web for pipette

Historical Examples

  • Put one end of the pipette into the milk sample and the other end into the mouth.

    Agriculture for Beginners

    Charles William Burkett

  • A pipette or slender-spouted vessel may be used to add the water.

    The Book of Cheese

    Charles Thom and Walter Warner Fisk

  • To obtain an accurate reading, the pipette should be on a level with the eye.

    The Book of Cheese

    Charles Thom and Walter Warner Fisk

  • It is by this pipe that the air is sucked into the pipette, when it is to be filled from its beak.

  • The third of these weighings gave the mean weight of a pipette.

British Dictionary definitions for pipette


  1. 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
  1. (tr) to transfer or measure out (a liquid) using a pipette

Word Origin

C19: via French: little pipe, from pipe pipe 1
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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)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

pipette in Medicine


  1. 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


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