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Glass slab possibly used by Joseph Lister in his microbiology experiments, Europe, 1870-1912

This glass slab would have been used to cover specimens and flasks that were being experimented on to allow air in but not dust. It is shown here with six of Joseph Lister’s test tubes (A641018).

Object number:

A645135

 

Glossary:

Glossary: microbiology

Branch of biology that deals with micro-organisms such as bacteria, viruses, and fungi, and their effects.

Glossary: slab

A broad, flat, thick piece of pottery or metal

Glossary: antisepsis

The practice of using antiseptic drugs to eliminate harmful micro-organisms.