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A device for dispensing accurately-controlled small doses of liquid

The invention provides a device for dispensing accurately-controlled small quantities of at least one liquid, comprising a liquid supply (L); a gas supply (G), arranged to selectively supply a gas pressure; and a capillary duct (20) adapted to be filled with liquid to be dispensed, and to eject the liquid. The device has a filling configuration wherein liquid from the supply is in contact with an end (20a) of the capillary duct to fill the capillary duct with liquid; and a liquid separation and ejection configuration, in which liquid remaining in the liquid supply is separated from liquid that fills the capillary duct to form a discrete quantity (V) of liquid filling the capillary duct (20) out of contact with the remaining liquid of the liquid supply. The capillary duct, filled with this discrete quantity (V) of liquid then has one end in contact with the gas supply and another end in contact with the atmosphere. The discrete quantity of liquid (V), forming an exact dose of liquid to be dispensed, is ejectable from the second end (20b) of the capillary duct by the application of gas pressure.

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