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
Origin and Etymology of petri dish
Julius R. Petri †1921 German bacteriologist
First Known Use: 1892See Words from the same year
Medical Definition of petri dish
: a small shallow dish of thin glass or plastic with a loose cover used especially for cultures in bacteriology
Biographical Note for petri dish
Petri \ˈpā-trē\play ,
Julius Richard (1852–1921), German bacteriologist. Petri was an assistant to the eminent bacteriologist Robert Koch. In 1887 Petri introduced a vessel for growing bacteria that consists of two round rimmed plates, one serving as a cover for the other.
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