- produced in or as if in a test tube; synthetic or experimental.
Origin of test-tube
First recorded in 1885–90
- a hollow cylinder of thin glass with one end closed, used in chemical and biological experimentation and analysis.
Origin of test tube
First recorded in 1840–50
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Pour off the water, add more water, and place in a test-tube.The Diatomaceae of Philadelphia and Vicinity
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Place a few drops in a test-tube, and heat cautiously over a spirit-lamp, and when it boils remove, and inhale by the nose.
But it will be the test-tube and not the cogwheel that will make the money.
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- a cylindrical round-bottomed glass tube open at one end: used in scientific experiments
- (modifier) made synthetically in, or as if in, a test tubea test-tube product
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Word Origin and History for test-tube
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Produced or cultivated in a test tube.
- Conceived by or developed from fertilization in laboratory apparatus or by artificial insemination.
- A clear, cylindrical glass tube usually open at one end and rounded at the other, used in laboratory experimentation.
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- A cylindrical tube of clear glass, usually open at one end and rounded at the other, used as a container for small amounts of a substance in laboratory tests and experiments.
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