pipette

noun
pi·pette | \pī-ˈpet \
variants: or less commonly pipet

Definition of pipette 

: a small piece of apparatus which typically consists of a narrow tube into which fluid is drawn by suction (as for dispensing or measurement) and retained by closing the upper end

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Other Words from pipette

pipette or less commonly pipet verb

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The only known approach that would permit combining all of them in one desktop machine was to use robots wielding pipettes. John Carreyrou, WIRED, "A New Look Inside Theranos’ Dysfunctional Corporate Culture," 21 May 2018 New tweaks to the formula are made easy with a large enough tray, a small enough pipette and an astronaut willing to take some direction. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "How Space Crystals Could Lead To New Cancer Drugs," 5 June 2018 But this approach had an inherent flaw: Over time, a pipette’s accuracy drifts. John Carreyrou, WIRED, "A New Look Inside Theranos’ Dysfunctional Corporate Culture," 21 May 2018 To prevent stress, the corals are strictly monitored by students who hand-feed them with pipettes, like mamas tending to baby birds. Joanna Klein, New York Times, "This Coral Must Die," 25 June 2018 But what about all the other tiny details of an experiment that might be subject to the same exactitude—the time of day, the indoor temperature, the size of the pipettes, and so on? Daniel Engber, Slate Magazine, "Science Is Broken. How Much Should We Fix It?," 5 May 2017 Su, with a doctorate in entomology and 45 years of termite research experience, can mouth-pipette 200-300 termites in a single minute that will be used to study the bugs’ division of labor. Andrea Januta And Jennifer Lu, miamiherald, "From cruise ship brewmaster to hurricane hunter, these are some of our unusual jobs," 3 Sep. 2017 But Robert Goodman, founder of the program Mr. Zavorotniy works with, seeks to re-engineer that pipette-thin pipeline with a batch of curriculums called the Progressive Science Initiative (PSI). Charlie Wood, The Christian Science Monitor, "Looking for leaders in physics education? Try New Jersey.," 12 July 2017 The technician, upon completing the procedure, discovered that there was still genetic material on the tip of the pipette, Mr. Geurts said. Nina Siegal, New York Times, "Dutch Fertility Clinic Investigates Possible Sperm Mix-Up," 28 Dec. 2016

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First Known Use of pipette

1839, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pipette

French pipette, diminutive of pipe pipe, cask, from Vulgar Latin *pipa, *pippa pipe

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pipette

noun

English Language Learners Definition of pipette

: a narrow glass tube used for measuring liquid or for moving small amounts of liquid from one place to another

pipette

noun
pi·pette
variants: also pipet \pī-ˈpet \

Medical Definition of pipette 

: a small piece of apparatus which typically consists of a narrow tube into which fluid is drawn by suction (as for dispensing or measurement) and retained by closing the upper end

Other Words from pipette

pipette also pipet verb pipetted; pipetting

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