One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A straight-sided, optically clear container for holding liquid samples in a spectrophotometer or other instrument.
- ‘All experiments were made in quartz cuvettes, and the sample solutions were kept at constant stirring during the measurements.’
- ‘The sample powders were packed in the cuvettes or tubes, and the remaining liquid nitrogen was removed carefully.’
- ‘These currents become progressively stronger when the depth of the liquid in the cuvette is increased.’
- ‘A paddle cuvette stirrer was placed in the quartz cuvette containing the liposome suspension.’
- ‘The tissue samples have been immersed into a cuvette with aqueous glucose or mannitol solution.’
Early 18th century: from French, diminutive of cuve ‘cask’, from Latin cupa.
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