For What Is a Measuring Cylinder Used?

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A measuring cylinder is used in a laboratory for measuring exact quantities of a liquid. It is also called a graduated cylinder, as it is marked with precise measurements. It is useful in the pharmacy industry, where even minute quantities of a liquid can make a difference.

In the chemistry laboratory, the measuring cylinder is used in titration, a procedure used to determine the concentration of a chemical in a solution. The measuring cylinder is made from hard glass and calibrated in milliliters. The markings on the side of the cylinders are usually in red. These measuring cylinders are available in various sizes.