- a slender graduated tube used in a laboratory for measuring and transferring quantities of liquids from one container to another.
- to measure or transfer a quantity of a liquid with a pipette.
Origin of pipette
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Examples from the Web for pipettes
The same order of absorption and general directions pertaining to the use of Hempel pipettes have to be adopted.
Pipettes and burettes are graduated to deliver the quantities specified.
Burettes differ mainly from pipettes in having the flow of liquid controlled from below instead of from above.
Standard Babcock test bottles and pipettes should always be used.The Book of Cheese
Charles Thom and Walter Warner Fisk
Place the pipettes in a convenient receptacle, filled with water to which soap powder has been added.The Elements of Bacteriological Technique
John William Henry Eyre
- 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
- (tr) to transfer or measure out (a liquid) using a pipette
C19: via French: little pipe, from pipe pipe 1
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Word Origin and History for pipettes
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
- A narrow, usually calibrated glass tube into which small amounts of liquid are suctioned for transfer or measurement.
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- A graduated narrow glass tube, often with an enlarged bulb, used for transferring measured volumes of liquids.
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