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autoclave

noun au·to·clave \ ˈȯ-tō-ˌklāv \

Definition of autoclave

: 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

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Origin and Etymology of autoclave

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


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autoclave

verb

Definition of autoclave

autoclaved; autoclaving
: to treat in an autoclave

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First Known Use of autoclave

1911

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autoclave

noun au·to·clave \ ˈȯt-ō-ˌklāv \

medical Definition of autoclave

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

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autoclave

transitive verb

medical Definition of autoclave

autoclaved; autoclaving
: to treat in an autoclave

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