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 The office building was locked — just me and the janitors and the whir of the autoclave. New York Times, 26 Apr. 2022 Because their autoclave is roughly the size of a toaster oven, the team ended up with a set of miniature pizzas. Corryn Wetzel, Smithsonian Magazine, 24 Mar. 2022 The researchers placed a tiny yeast-free pizza dough no bigger than a penny in a hot autoclave. Kristen Rogers, CNN, 23 Mar. 2022 Perhaps Dallara, which supplies the tub, needs to squeeze out a few more gallons of resin before hitting the ol' autoclave. Ezra Dyer, Car and Driver, 25 Mar. 2022 Following the success of their pint sized–pies, the Italian team plans to use a larger autoclave to produce standard-size pizzas. Corryn Wetzel, Smithsonian Magazine, 24 Mar. 2022 As pressure was slowly released from the autoclave, bubbles formed in the dough. Kristen Rogers, CNN, 23 Mar. 2022 In the fabrication process for composites, carbon fiber tape impregnated with epoxy resin is laid on a mold, then hardened in a high-pressure oven called an autoclave. Dominic Gates, Anchorage Daily News, 20 Nov. 2021 Connoisseurs grumble that the taste of those brands, which include Sauza, Cazadores and Herradura, has declined with the advent of ever-more efficient industrialization, including the diffuser, which cooks agave even more rapidly than an autoclave. Dallas News, 24 Aug. 2021 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 19 May 2017 See More

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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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2 May 2022

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“Autoclave.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/autoclave. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for autoclave

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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