[ pahy-pet, pi- ]
/ paɪˈpɛt, pɪ- /


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.

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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British Dictionary definitions for pipette


/ (pɪˈpɛt) /


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

Word Origin for pipette

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)).

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Medicine definitions for pipette



A narrow, usually calibrated glass tube into which small amounts of liquid are suctioned for transfer or measurement.
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Science definitions for pipette


[ pī-pĕt ]

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