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petri dish

[pee-tree] /ˈpi tri/
a shallow, circular, glass or plastic dish with a loose-fitting cover over the top and sides, used for culturing bacteria and other microorganisms.
Origin of petri dish
1890-95; named after J. R. Petri (died 1921), German bacteriologist Unabridged
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  • The colonies of bacteria shown in the petri-dish test made of the washings from wall paper further supports these findings.

    Paint Technology and Tests Henry A. Gardner
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Petri dish

a shallow circular flat-bottomed dish, often with a fitting cover, used in laboratories, esp for producing cultures of microorganisms
Word Origin
C19: named after J. R. Petri (1852–1921), German bacteriologist
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Word Origin and History for petri-dish

petri dish


1892, named for German bacteriologist Julius Petri (1852-1922), who first devised it c.1887.

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petri-dish in Medicine

petri dish pe·tri dish (pē'trē)
A shallow circular dish with a loose-fitting cover, used to culture bacteria or other microorganisms.

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petri-dish in Science
petri dish
A shallow, circular dish with a loose cover, usually made of transparent glass or plastic and used to grow cultures of microorganisms. The petri dish is named after German bacteriologist Julius Richard Petri (1852-1921).
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