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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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Examples for autoclave
  • He took them down the hall to an autoclave, an ovenlike device used to sterilize equipment.
  • The universe ends as a lifeless autoclave or as a lifeless deep freeze.
  • The autoclave manufacturer's instructions for use should be carefully followed.
  • No autoclave may be loaded beyond the design capacity.
  • These changes resulted in less boiler demand, less boiler blowdown volumes, and less autoclave condensate discharge.
  • The containers can be sterilized by using an autoclave, which is a machine that sterilizes containers with pressurized steam.
British Dictionary definitions for autoclave

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 autoclave
autoclave
1880, from Fr., lit. "self-locking," from Gk. autos "self" + L. clavis "key" (see slot (2)).
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autoclave 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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autoclave 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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