- a heavy vessel for conducting chemical reactions under high pressure.
- pressure cooker.
- Medicine/Medical, Bacteriology. an apparatus in which steam under pressure effects sterilization.
- to place in an autoclave.
Origin of autoclave
1875–80; < French, equivalent to auto- auto-1 + clave < Latin clāv-, stem of clāvis key and clāvus nail
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Examples from the Web for autoclave
Remove the apparatus from the autoclave, and allow it to cool.The Elements of Bacteriological Technique
John William Henry Eyre
An autoclave combined with vacuum chambers and other devices that sterilized and canned milk or other liquid dairy products.
The lower the pressure in the autoclave, the lighter will be the colour of the resultant fatty acids.The Handbook of Soap Manufacture
W. H. Simmons
The author found that in an autoclave of the type shown in Fig. 81 it required ten minutes for 500 cc.The Fundamentals of Bacteriology
Charles Bradfield Morrey
The method consists in merely charging the autoclave with fats and adding about 30 per cent.Soap-Making Manual
E. G. Thomssen
- a strong sealed vessel used for chemical reactions at high pressure
- an apparatus for sterilizing objects (esp surgical instruments) or for cooking by means of steam under pressure
- civil engineering a vessel in which freshly cast concrete or sand-lime bricks are cured very rapidly in high-pressure steam
- (tr) to put in or subject to the action of an autoclave
C19: from French auto- + -clave, from Latin clāvis key
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Word Origin and History for autoclave
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A pressurized, steam-heated vessel used for sterilization.
- To treat in an autoclave.
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- An airtight steel vessel used to heat substances and objects under very high pressures. Autoclaves are used in laboratory experiments and for sterilization.
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