clean room


ˈklēn-ˌrüm How to pronounce clean room (audio)
: a room for the manufacture or assembly of objects (such as precision parts) that is maintained at a high level of cleanliness by special means

Examples of clean room in a Sentence

The microchips are manufactured in a clean room.
Recent Examples on the Web Engineers custom built a sealed clean room with a 24-foot ceiling, and anyone entering had to don head-to-toe white bunny suits and blue latex gloves, lending day-to-day activities the ambience of a crime scene. Ethan Baron, The Mercury News, 22 May 2024 To that end, the few humans who do play a role here must first put plastic booties over their shoes and take an air shower, as this portion of assembly is a clean room. Robin Warner, Ars Technica, 25 Jan. 2024 In the clean room, personnel wore bunny suits covering their clothing, shoes, and hair to ensure that fabric fibers, hair, and skin cells didn’t contaminate the container. WIRED, 26 Sep. 2023 The main attraction is the window into the clean room, where tours can see the spacecraft itself. Ronald D. White, Los Angeles Times, 26 Feb. 2024 The director of pricing for a telecommunications company being acquired told me during our interview, his experience of being invited to a clean room. Jennifer J Fondrevay, Forbes, 20 Feb. 2024 The sample carrier will then be flown to Houston's Ellington Field on the next day, where it will be put into a clean room. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 24 July 2023 Collegial chatter abounds because some people entering the clean room for the first time need help with the process. Ronald D. White, Los Angeles Times, 26 Feb. 2024 The facility would make medical products and offer clean rooms for medical research. Sheelah Kolhatkar, The New Yorker, 29 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1961, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of clean room was in 1961

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“Clean room.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

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