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 Bhamla returned to the pond with a bottle of water and a pipette to collect rejuvenated worms that were starting to form small tangles of life. Eric Niiler, Wired, "Researchers Are Studying These Worm Blobs to Build Robots," 17 Feb. 2021 Public health preparedness officials in Maine have made three recent requests to the federal government, for nitrile gloves, pipette tips and testing kits. Stephanie Armour, WSJ, "U.S. Supplies of Covid-19 PPE Fall Short of Targets," 10 Dec. 2020 Meanwhile, labs are also grappling with supply shortages, including pipette tips -- used to transport samples during the testing process -- and swabs. Emma Court, Bloomberg.com, "Testing Bottlenecks Again Grip U.S. With Coronavirus Surge," 16 Nov. 2020 The group said that its member labs had performed nearly a half-million virus tests on Wednesday and were experiencing shortages of pipette tips and other testing essentials. Joseph Goldstein, New York Times, "8 Months After Virus Hit, an Ominous Sign: Long Lines for Testing Again," 13 Nov. 2020 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

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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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25 Feb 2021

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“Pipette.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pipette. Accessed 14 Apr. 2021.

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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 pipette (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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