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petri dish

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noun pe·tri dish \ˈpē-trē-\

Definition of petri dish

  1. 1 :  a small shallow dish of thin glass or plastic with a loose cover used especially for cultures in bacteriology

  2. 2 :  something (as a place or situation) that fosters development or innovation <the college was a petri dish for radical views>



Origin of petri dish

Julius R. Petri †1921 German bacteriologist


First Known Use: circa 1892

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petri dish

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noun pe·tri dish \ˈpē-trē-\

Medical Definition of petri dish

  1. :  a small shallow dish of thin glass or plastic with a loose cover used especially for cultures in bacteriology



Biographical Note for petri dish

Pe·tri \ˈpā-trē\play Julius Richard (1852–1921), German bacteriologist. Petri was an assistant to the eminent bacteriologist Robert Koch. In 1887 Petri introduced a vessel for growing bacteria that consists of two round rimmed plates, one serving as a cover for the other.


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