- 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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- 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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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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