bench·​top ˈbench-ˌtäp How to pronounce benchtop (audio)
: 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 In addition to being mobile, the microscope captures the activity of more cells than a traditional benchtop microscope does, letting researchers see what's happening in a larger area of the brain. Valerie Ross, Discover Magazine, 15 Sep. 2011 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

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Word History

First Known Use

1965, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of benchtop was in 1965

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“Benchtop.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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