autoclave

noun
au·​to·​clave | \ ˈȯ-tō-ˌklāv How to pronounce autoclave (audio) \

Definition of autoclave

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an apparatus in which special conditions (such 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

autoclave

verb
autoclaved; autoclaving

Definition of autoclave (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to treat in an autoclave

Examples of autoclave in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun That included adding an extra autoclave to sterilize instruments more quickly, using spacesuit-like gowns for doctors to reduce infection risk and having patients start physical therapy just hours after knee- or hip-replacement surgery. Kaiser Health News, oregonlive.com, "U.S. company pays to send patients to Mexican resort town for much cheaper surgeries," 18 Aug. 2019 That included adding an extra autoclave to sterilize instruments more quickly, using spacesuit-like gowns for doctors to reduce infection risk and having patients start physical therapy just hours after knee- or hip-replacement surgery. Phil Galewitz, Dallas News, "Need a knee replacement? This company pays employees to meet a doctor in Cancun," 13 Aug. 2019 That included adding an extra autoclave to sterilize instruments more quickly, using spacesuit-like gowns for doctors to reduce infection risk and having patients start physical therapy just hours after knee- or hip-replacement surgery. Kaiser Health News, oregonlive.com, "U.S. company pays to send patients to Mexican resort town for much cheaper surgeries," 18 Aug. 2019 That included adding an extra autoclave to sterilize instruments more quickly, using spacesuit-like gowns for doctors to reduce infection risk and having patients start physical therapy just hours after knee- or hip-replacement surgery. Phil Galewitz, Dallas News, "Need a knee replacement? This company pays employees to meet a doctor in Cancun," 13 Aug. 2019 That included adding an extra autoclave to sterilize instruments more quickly, using spacesuit-like gowns for doctors to reduce infection risk and having patients start physical therapy just hours after knee- or hip-replacement surgery. Kaiser Health News, oregonlive.com, "U.S. company pays to send patients to Mexican resort town for much cheaper surgeries," 18 Aug. 2019 That included adding an extra autoclave to sterilize instruments more quickly, using spacesuit-like gowns for doctors to reduce infection risk and having patients start physical therapy just hours after knee- or hip-replacement surgery. Phil Galewitz, Dallas News, "Need a knee replacement? This company pays employees to meet a doctor in Cancun," 13 Aug. 2019 That included adding an extra autoclave to sterilize instruments more quickly, using spacesuit-like gowns for doctors to reduce infection risk and having patients start physical therapy just hours after knee- or hip-replacement surgery. Kaiser Health News, oregonlive.com, "U.S. company pays to send patients to Mexican resort town for much cheaper surgeries," 18 Aug. 2019 That included adding an extra autoclave to sterilize instruments more quickly, using spacesuit-like gowns for doctors to reduce infection risk and having patients start physical therapy just hours after knee- or hip-replacement surgery. Phil Galewitz, Dallas News, "Need a knee replacement? This company pays employees to meet a doctor in Cancun," 13 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Usually, lab waste plastics are bagged and autoclaved -- an energy- and water-hungry sterilization process -- before being sent to landfill. Alice Bell, CNN, "Can science break its plastic addiction?," 5 Nov. 2019 That material -- autoclaved aerated concrete, better known as AAC block -- is a porous block that's lightweight and workable, but also has insulating qualities. Sarah Bonnette, NOLA.com, "Modern farmhouse blends cutting-edge design with rural charm on La. blueberry farm," 30 Aug. 2017 And make sure the therapist uses either disposable plastic tools or metal ones that have been autoclaved between each use. Karyn Repinski, Harper's BAZAAR, "Are Colonics Back?," 23 Feb. 2016 Can the seal on Maddy’s autoclaved world withstand the pressure of such swelling adolescent hormones — not to mention Yoon’s plot requirements? Michael O'sullivan, The Denver Post, "“Everything, Everything”: A whole lot of nothing remotely plausible," 19 May 2017 Can the seal on Maddy’s autoclaved world withstand the pressure of such swelling adolescent hormones, not to mention Yoon’s plot requirements? Michael O’sullivan, star-telegram.com, "‘Everything, Everything’ leaves something to be desired," 19 May 2017

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First Known Use of autoclave

Noun

1820, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1911, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for autoclave

Noun

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

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“Autoclave.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/autoclave. Accessed 13 December 2019.

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autoclave

noun
au·​to·​clave | \ ˈȯt-ō-ˌklāv How to pronounce autoclave (audio) \

Medical Definition of autoclave

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an apparatus (as for sterilizing) using superheated steam under pressure

autoclave

transitive verb
autoclaved; autoclaving

Medical Definition of autoclave (Entry 2 of 2)

: to treat in an autoclave

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