- 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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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.
To obtain an accurate reading, the pipette should be on a level with the eye.
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.
- 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
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
- A narrow, usually calibrated glass tube into which small amounts of liquid are suctioned for transfer or measurement.
- A graduated narrow glass tube, often with an enlarged bulb, used for transferring measured volumes of liquids.
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