Erlenmeyer flask

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An Erlenmeyer flask.

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Named after German chemist Emil Erlenmeyer, who invented it in 1861.

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Erlenmeyer flask (plural Erlenmeyer flasks)

  1. (chemistry) A glass laboratory flask of a conical profile with a narrow tubular neck and a flat bottom, used to manipulate solutions or carry out titrations.
    • 2006, Thomas Pynchon, Against the Day, Vintage 2007, p. 265:
      An assistant arrived with a wheeled cart bearing coffee in an Erlenmeyer flask, cups, and a plate of strange muffins.

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