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Scientific Sniglets

A scientific sniglet is an existing or made-up word with a unique and humorous definition. Here are a few examples from our IDT colleagues and customers.

Centrifitrauma The destruction that occurs inside a centrifuge when things go wrong.

Phenolphasia  The inability to speak about anything but the overwhelming smell that comes with opening a bottle of phenol.

Master-nix  PCR mastermix lacking one or more essential components, e.g., nucleotides.

Squirtiful  An undefined amount of liquid, when an exact measurement is not necessary; e.g., Q: “How much ammonium hydroxide should I add to make the bluing solution?” A: “Just a squirtiful should be fine.”


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