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autoclave

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noun au·to·clave \ˈȯ-tō-ˌklāv\

Definition of autoclave

  1. :  an apparatus in which special conditions (as high or low pressure or temperature) can be established for a variety of applications; especially :  an apparatus (as for sterilizing) using steam under high pressure



Origin of autoclave

French, from aut- + Latin clavis key — more at clavicle


First Known Use: 1820


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autoclave

verb au·to·clave

Definition of autoclave

autoclavedautoclav·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to treat in an autoclave



1911

First Known Use of autoclave

1911


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