test-tube

adjective \ ˈtes(t)-ˌt(y)üb \
|Updated on: 4 Aug 2018

Definition of test-tube

1 : in vitro
  • test-tube experiments
2 : produced by in vitro fertilization
  • test-tube babies

First Known Use of test-tube

1866

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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test tube

noun

Definition of test tube

: a plain or lipped tube usually of thin glass closed at one end and used especially in chemistry and biology

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First Known Use of test tube

1846

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TEST-TUBE Defined for English Language Learners

test tube

Definition of test tube for English Language Learners

  • : a glass container that is shaped like a tube which is closed at one end and that is used especially in science experiments


TEST-TUBE Defined for Kids

test tube

noun

Definition of test tube for Students

: a tube of thin glass closed at one end and used especially in chemistry and biology

Medical Dictionary

test-tube

adjective

medical Definition of test-tube

1 : in vitro
  • test-tube experiments
2 : produced by in vitro fertilization
  • test-tube babies

test tube

noun

medical Definition of test tube

: a plain or lipped tube usually of thin glass closed at one end and used especially in chemistry and biology

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