What is the difference between volumetric and serological pipettes?

The main differences between volumetric and serological pipettes are:
– Accuracy – Volumetric pipettes are designed for very precise and accurate volume measurement, usually to within 0.1% of the stated volume. Serological pipettes have more variation in accuracy, around ±2-5% of the stated volume.

– Usage – Volumetric pipettes are used when high accuracy is critical, such as preparing standard lab solutions. Serological pipettes are used for more general liquid handling rather than strict volume measurement.

– Graduations – Volumetric pipettes have a single graduation mark for the stated volume. Serological pipettes have graduated markings extending up the length of the pipette.

– Material – Volumetric pipettes are usually made from borosilicate glass for better precision. Serological pipettes are made from plastic.

– Suction – Volumetric pipettes rely on gravity flow and careful technique to measure the volume. Serological pipettes use a rubber bulb to provide suction to draw liquid up.

– Reusability – Volumetric pipettes are designed for reuse with careful cleaning between uses. Serological pipettes are always disposable.

– Size – Volumetric pipettes usually measure smaller volumes, from 1 ml down to 0.1 ml. Serological pipettes measure larger volumes from 1-100 ml.

So in summary, volumetric pipettes are used when accuracy and precision are needed, while serological pipettes are used for more general liquid transfer rather than a strict volume measurement.

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