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1autoclave

noun au·to·clave \ˈ-tō-ˌklāv\

Definition of AUTOCLAVE

:  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
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Origin of AUTOCLAVE

French, from aut- + Latin clavis key — more at clavicle
First Known Use: 1820

2autoclave

verb
autoclavedautoclav·ing

Definition of AUTOCLAVE

transitive verb
:  to treat in an autoclave

First Known Use of AUTOCLAVE

1911

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