mi·​cro·​li·​ter | \ ˈmī-krō-ˌlē-tər How to pronounce microliter (audio) \

Definition of microliter

: a unit of capacity equal to one millionth of a liter — see Metric System Table

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Recent Examples on the Web With just one, the scientists could detect as few as 100,000 viruses per microliter of solution, enabling tests with perfect accuracy in just five minutes. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "The 5 Most Cutting-Edge Ways to Diagnose COVID-19," 7 Dec. 2020 The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute says that a normal platelet range for adults who don’t have ITP is 150,000 to 450,000 platelets per microliter of blood. Natasha Lavender, SELF, "Chronic ITP Affected My Path to Motherhood—And How I Birthed My Children," 30 Sep. 2020 Most concerning, his white blood cell count soared to 53,000 per microliter of blood. Richard A. Marini, ExpressNews.com, "How trombonist and San Antonio native Ron Wilkins barely survived coronavirus, 32-day coma," 29 May 2020 The test only needs a few drops of blood — at least 10 microliters — to work. Amanda Morris, azcentral, "Private labs see high demand for COVID-19 antibody test that detects past infections," 11 Apr. 2020 In 2016, Carragher and colleagues reported developing a dispenser that sprays the solution like an inkjet printer, releasing picoliters instead of microliters—only one-millionth as much. Eric Hand, Science | AAAS, "‘We need a people’s cryo-EM.’ Scientists hope to bring revolutionary microscope to the masses," 23 Jan. 2020 Typically, researchers use pipettes to apply microliters of the protein solution to sample holders and blot away the excess with filter paper. Eric Hand, Science | AAAS, "‘We need a people’s cryo-EM.’ Scientists hope to bring revolutionary microscope to the masses," 23 Jan. 2020 By sorting out the weight of thousands of molecules in a one microliter urine sample, the mass spectrometer can give users a thorough molecular analysis of their urine, and alert them to anything amiss, in about 10 minutes. Kevin Wheeler, USA TODAY, "What's in your pee? A smart toilet could revolutionize personal health but also pose privacy risks," 18 Dec. 2019 When the pipette is brand new, aspirating 5 microliters of blood might require the little motor that activates the pipette’s pump to rotate by a certain amount. John Carreyrou, WIRED, "A New Look Inside Theranos’ Dysfunctional Corporate Culture," 21 May 2018

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First Known Use of microliter

circa 1890, in the meaning defined above

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“Microliter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/microliter. Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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variants: or chiefly British microlitre \ ˌmī-​krō-​ˈlēt-​ər How to pronounce microliter (audio) \

Medical Definition of microliter

: a unit of capacity equal to one millionth of a liter

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