I'm looking for a term I can use in a software user interface that includes anything that may carry cell cultures or similar biological imaging samples (ie that may conceivably go into an automated microscope).
Since it's for a user interface, the term should be short and intuitive. It should not depend on context.
- vessel, carrier, dish --- often used for what I mean, but not intuitive out of context.
- cell culture carrier --- too long, also potentially too specific.