Erlenmeyer flask


Er·​len·​mey·​er flask ˈər-lən-ˌmī(-ə)r- How to pronounce Erlenmeyer flask (audio)
: a flat-bottomed conical laboratory flask

Illustration of Erlenmeyer flask

Illustration of erlenmeyer flask

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The kitty-that-isn’t-a-cat is depicted as a chemist holding an Erlenmeyer flask and test tube; as an astronaut in her space-walking white EVA suit or as an Endeavour pilot wearing her Advanced Crew Escape Suit for liftoff (with matching orange hair bow, of course), among other scenarios. Los Angeles Times, 4 Nov. 2021 Invented by chemist Peter Schlumbohm in 1941, the classic coffee maker, with its wood and leather collar, was inspired by both the Erlenmeyer flask and Bauhaus-era design, and is part of MoMA’s permanent collection. Lesley Kennedy, CNN Underscored, 3 Mar. 2021 Suddenly my brain was filled with visions of hand rolls bursting with DNA helices and gene sequences served alongside an Erlenmeyer flask instead of a tokkuri of sake. Christie Wilcox, Discover Magazine, 13 July 2011

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Word History


Emil Erlenmeyer

First Known Use

1886, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Erlenmeyer flask was in 1886

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Cite this Entry

“Erlenmeyer flask.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 May. 2023.

Kids Definition

Erlenmeyer flask

Er·​len·​mey·​er flask ˌər-lən-ˌmī(-ə)r- How to pronounce Erlenmeyer flask (audio)
: a flat-bottomed laboratory flask that tapers upward to a straight neck

named for Emil Erlenmeyer 1825–1909 German chemist

Medical Definition

Erlenmeyer flask

Er·​len·​mey·​er flask ˌər-lən-ˌmī(-ə)r- How to pronounce Erlenmeyer flask (audio) ˌer-lən- How to pronounce Erlenmeyer flask (audio)
: a flat-bottomed conical flask whose shape allows the contents to be swirled without danger of spilling
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