bench·​top | \ ˈbench-ˌtäp How to pronounce benchtop (audio) \

Definition of benchtop

: suitable (as in size or configuration) for convenient use on a laboratory workbench a benchtop centrifuge

Examples of benchtop in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The test requires a blood sample from the patient which is then processed in a benchtop instrument designed by the company to sit in hospitals’ clinical laboratories. David Prosser, Forbes, 13 Oct. 2021 Bose, meanwhile, is interested in using such systems as benchtop detectors of gravitational waves, which so far have only been seen with the aid of immense detectors several kilometers in size. Quanta Magazine, 18 Aug. 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'benchtop.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of benchtop

1965, in the meaning defined above

Learn More About benchtop

Time Traveler for benchtop

Time Traveler

The first known use of benchtop was in 1965

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near benchtop

bench terrace



See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for benchtop

Cite this Entry

“Benchtop.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon


Test Your Vocabulary

The Great British Vocabulary Quiz

  • union jack speech bubble
  • Named after Sir Robert Peel, what are British police called?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!