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autoclave

[aw-tuh-kleyv] /ˈɔ təˌkleɪv/
noun
1.
a heavy vessel for conducting chemical reactions under high pressure.
3.
Medicine/Medical, Bacteriology. an apparatus in which steam under pressure effects sterilization.
verb (used with object), autoclaved, autoclaving.
4.
to place in an autoclave.
Origin
1875-1880
1875-80; < French, equivalent to auto- auto-1 + clave < Latin clāv-, stem of clāvis key and clāvus nail
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British Dictionary definitions for auto-clave

autoclave

/ˈɔːtəˌkleɪv/
noun
1.
a strong sealed vessel used for chemical reactions at high pressure
2.
an apparatus for sterilizing objects (esp surgical instruments) or for cooking by means of steam under pressure
3.
(civil engineering) a vessel in which freshly cast concrete or sand-lime bricks are cured very rapidly in high-pressure steam
verb
4.
(transitive) to put in or subject to the action of an autoclave
Word Origin
C19: from French auto- + -clave, from Latin clāvis key
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Word Origin and History for auto-clave

autoclave

n.

1880, from French, literally "self-locking," from auto- "self" (see auto-) + Latin clavis "key" (see slot (n.2)).

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auto-clave in Medicine

autoclave au·to·clave (ô'tō-klāv')
n.
A pressurized, steam-heated vessel used for sterilization. v. au·to·claved, au·to·clav·ing, au·to·claves
To treat in an autoclave.

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auto-clave in Science
autoclave
  (ô'tō-klāv')   
An airtight steel vessel used to heat substances and objects under very high pressures. Autoclaves are used in laboratory experiments and for sterilization.
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