petri dish

petri dish
A shallow dish consisting of two round, overlapping halves that is used to grow microorganisms on solid culture medium; the top is larger than the bottom of the dish to prevent contamination of the culture.

Microbiology. . 2009.

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  • Petri dish — ► NOUN ▪ a shallow transparent dish with a flat lid, used for the culture of micro organisms. ORIGIN named after the German bacteriologist Julius R. Petri (1852 1922) …   English terms dictionary

  • petri dish — [pē′trē] n. [after J. R. Petri (1852 1921), Ger bacteriologist] [also P d ] a very shallow, cylindrical, transparent glass or plastic dish with an overlapping cover, used for the culture of microorganisms …   English World dictionary

  • petri dish — 1892, named for Ger. bacteriologist Julius Petri (1852 1922), who first devised it c.1887 …   Etymology dictionary

  • Petri dish — A Petri dish is a shallow glass or plastic cylindrical lidded dish that biologists use to culture cells. It was named after the German bacteriologist Julius Richard Petri (1852–1921) who invented it in 1887 when working as an assistant to Robert… …   Wikipedia

  • Petri dish — n. a shallow covered dish used for the culture of bacteria etc. Etymology: J. R. Petri, Ger. bacteriologist d. 1921 * * * Petri dish f42 [Petri dish Petri dishes] [ˈpetri dɪʃ] [ˈpetri dɪʃ] [ˈpiːtri dɪʃ] [ˈpiːtri dɪʃ] …   Useful english dictionary

  • Petri dish — UK [ˈpiːtrɪ ˌdɪʃ] / US [ˈpɪtrɪ ˌdɪʃ] noun [countable] Word forms Petri dish : singular Petri dish plural Petri dishes science a flat dish with a lid that is used in laboratories, especially for growing cultures …   English dictionary

  • petri dish — noun Etymology: Julius R. Petri died 1921 German bacteriologist Date: circa 1892 1. a small shallow dish of thin glass or plastic with a loose cover used especially for cultures in bacteriology 2. something (as a place or situation) that fosters… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Petri dish — [[t]pe̱tri dɪ̱ʃ[/t]] Petri dishes N COUNT A Petri dish is a flat dish with a lid, used in laboratories for producing cultures of microorganisms …   English dictionary

  • Petri Dish Ready — Organizations hoping to get stimulus money for scientific research are describing themselves as “petri dish ready” – an analogue of “shovel ready.” [Hat tip: James Ledbetter, editor of The Big Money.] …   Dictionary of unconsidered lexicographical trifles

  • petri dish — pe·tri dish pē trē n a small shallow dish of thin glass or plastic with a loose cover used esp. for cultures in bacteriology Pe·tri pā trē Julius Richard (1852 1921) German bacteriologist. Petri was an assistant to the eminent bacteriologist… …   Medical dictionary

  • petri dish — pe′tri dish [[t]ˈpi tri[/t]] n. a shallow, circular, glass or plastic dish with a loose fitting cover over the top and sides, used for culturing microorganisms • Etymology: 1890–95; after J. R. Petri (d. 1921), German bacteriologist …   From formal English to slang

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