petri dish

noun
pe·​tri dish | \ ˈpē-trē- How to pronounce petri dish (audio) \

Definition of petri dish

1 : a small shallow dish of thin glass or plastic with a loose cover used especially for cultures in bacteriology
2 : something (such as a place or situation) that fosters development or innovation the college was a petri dish for radical views

Examples of petri dish in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Then use the thylacine cells to create an embryo, either in a petri dish or the womb of a living animal. Frances Vinall, Washington Post, 26 May 2022 Their weapon of choice was the cough plate, basically a petri dish with the culture medium painted on the bottom. Richard Conniff, Smithsonian Magazine, 24 Feb. 2022 In the Texcell test, conducted in a 45-liter chamber, a piece of gauze saturated with the SARS-CoV-2 virus solution was placed in a petri dish and exposed to the nanoe X technology for two hours. Bymorgan Korn, ABC News, 26 June 2022 Perhaps paradoxically, the crucial medium for reviving the past, the crucial petri dish for the growth of cinematic life, is the body of the filmmaker. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 1 Mar. 2022 Instead, the slides shown in the video contained a piece of hot dog that Kamburov covered in dirt and debris, then unrelated organisms in a petri dish. Bayliss Wagner, USA TODAY, 1 June 2022 The Oppenheimer triplets were conceived in a petri dish, but the real miracle of their creation took place in Jean Hanff Korelitz’s fertile imagination. Ron Charles, Washington Post, 31 May 2022 Typically, these kinds of cells are grown in very static environments, like these brain cells grown in a petri dish. Joshua Hawkins, BGR, 29 May 2022 One day, the cocoa in beloved treats might come from a petri dish. Larissa Zimberoff, The Atlantic, 23 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of petri dish

1892, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for petri dish

Julius R. Petri †1921 German bacteriologist

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2 Aug 2022

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petri dish

noun
pe·​tri dish | \ ˈpē-trē- How to pronounce petri dish (audio) \

Medical Definition of petri dish

: a small shallow dish of thin glass or plastic with a loose cover used especially for cultures in bacteriology

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