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 development or innovation <
the college was a petri dish for radical views
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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 — [[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 — 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

  • Petri dish — /ˈpitri dɪʃ/ (say peetree dish) noun a shallow, circular dish, usually of glass, used especially for growing bacteria, etc. {named after JR Petri, 1852–1922, German biologist} …   Australian English dictionary

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