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petri dish

[ pee-tree ]
/ ˈpi tri /
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noun
a shallow, circular, glass or plastic dish with a loose-fitting cover over the top and sides, used for culturing bacteria and other microorganisms.
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Origin of petri dish

1890–95; named after J. R. Petri (died 1921), German bacteriologist
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British Dictionary definitions for petri dish

Petri dish
/ (ˈpɛtrɪ) /

noun
a shallow circular flat-bottomed dish, often with a fitting cover, used in laboratories, esp for producing cultures of microorganisms

Word Origin for Petri dish

C19: named after J. R. Petri (1852–1921), German bacteriologist
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Scientific definitions for petri dish

petri dish
[ pētrē ]

A shallow, circular dish with a loose cover, usually made of transparent glass or plastic and used to grow cultures of microorganisms. The petri dish is named after German bacteriologist Julius Richard Petri (1852-1921).
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