au·​to·​sam·​pler ˈȯ-tō-ˌsam-plər How to pronounce autosampler (audio)
: a device that automatically loads collected samples (as for spectroscopic or chromatographic analysis) into a laboratory instrument
New autosamplers … have contributed substantially to the advancement of combinatorial chemistry, because the increased speed and decreased sample amounts have considerably reduced the cost of experiments.Terrance A. Rooney

Examples of autosampler in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web An autosampler—which Carson says looks a bit like R2D2 from Star Wars—sits near the manhole, slurping up a sample every half hour for 24 hours and storing the waste on ice until Carson or one of her team members picks it up to take it to a lab. Katherine Ellen Foley, Quartz, 29 Oct. 2020

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Word History


auto- + sampler entry 2

First Known Use

1916, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of autosampler was in 1916

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“Autosampler.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

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