pi·​pette | \ pī-ˈpet How to pronounce pipette (audio) \
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

Examples of pipette in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Labs across the country are competing for the same limited supplies of reagents, plastic pipette tips and other parts and chemicals needed to perform coronavirus tests. Catherine Ho, SFChronicle.com, "How do we fix coronavirus testing? Policy, technology and behavior must intersect," 17 Aug. 2020 In contrast, when a paper is posted as a preprint, the authors’ peers still review it, but their vetting isn’t forced through the tip of a pipette. Simine Vazire, Wired, "Peer-Reviewed Scientific Journals Don't Really Do Their Job," 25 June 2020 Using a joystick to manipulate a tiny pipette, Lo first tapped his chosen sperm on the side. Randi Hutter Epstein, New York Times, "Tinder for Sperm: Even in the Petri Dish, Looks and Athleticism Are Prized," 17 Apr. 2020 Many of them say the biggest challenge is getting not the diagnostic tests themselves but the supplies to process them, including chemical reagents, swabs and pipettes. Abby Goodnough, New York Times, "Testing Falls Woefully Short as Trump Seeks an End to Stay-at-Home Orders," 15 Apr. 2020 He and his colleagues collected these secretions from the wrist glands with a tiny pipette and analyzed the chemical components. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "Male lemurs may spread fruity ‘love potions’ with their tails," 16 Apr. 2020 The health care worker then puts the sample in liquid in a specimen transfer tube and uses a pipette to move it into a small tube in the cartridge that holds the testing reagents, or ingredients. Amos Zeeberg, Wired, "Coronavirus Testing Is Coming Closer to Your Doctor's Office," 14 Apr. 2020 As the sun rose on Wednesday morning, a scientist used a pipette to remove liquid from each tube and place it in the testing apparatus. Rukmini Callimachi, New York Times, "3 Vans, 6 Coolers, a Plane, a Storm and 2 Labs: A Nasal Swab’s Journey," 13 Apr. 2020 If the swab is tested manually, a scientist will use a pipette to put the assay kit onto the sample. Ivan Watson, CNN, "How this South Korean company created coronavirus test kits in three weeks," 12 Mar. 2020

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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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The first known use of pipette was in 1839

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“Pipette.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pipette. Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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How to pronounce pipette (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of pipette

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


variants: also pipet \ pī-​ˈpet How to pronounce pipet (audio) \

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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