What Is The Function Of Mortar And Pestle In Laboratory?


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In the laboratory a mortar and pestle is predominantly used to crush and blend substances together. This could be helpful when conducting chemical tests and experiments.

The mortar and pestle function is also used in pharmaceutical laboratories in order to grind medical substances into smaller, powdery batches that are easier to consume. This reduces the size of the particles in the substance and is a process known as trituration.

The materials used to make mortar and pestle are varied. The mortar and pestle is required to be solid, but not to the point where the material that is being grounded becomes worn.

A mortar and pestle are often made from:
  • Wood
  • Ceramic
  • Porcelain
  • Glass
  • Metal

In modern day there has also been the creation of an automatic mortar grinder that was invented specifically for laboratory use. This is due to the inconsistency of the outcome of hand grinding. The automatic version of the tool adds value to the laboratory setting as it allows scientists to adjust the duration and intensity of the grinding as they so wish. This in turn saves a considerable amount of time and effort, as well as giving consistent and reproducible results.

The mortar and pestle combination has existed throughout history for thousands of years. It has been a versatile tool used for a variety of uses including the preparation of foods through grinding down herbs and spices. Gradually, it has also become an integrated tool in the world of science and medicine as well.

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