|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|
|4.||(tr) to put in or subject to the action of an autoclave|
|[C19: from French |
autoclave au·to·clave (ô'tō-klāv')
A pressurized, steam-heated vessel used for sterilization. v. au·to·claved, au·to·clav·ing, au·to·claves
To treat in an autoclave.
|autoclave (ô'tō-klāv') Pronunciation Key
An airtight steel vessel used to heat substances and objects under very high pressures. Autoclaves are used in laboratory experiments and for sterilization.