These flat clear dishes will withstand repeated sterilization (wet or dry). The edges are beaded to provide greater mechanical strength. The bead also provides a means to equally space the side walls of the bottom and cover thereby reducing the capillary action of condensed moisture on the sides. They are not affected chemically or thermally by any of the methods commonly employed in laboratories where sterilization is a major factor in routine or in specialized work. The covered dish is not airtight.The tops are marked in blue enamel and the bottoms in white enamel to make sorting easier. Bottoms also have a triangular enamel reference point for serial dilutions.