a heavy vessel for conducting chemical reactions under high pressure.
Medicine/Medical, Bacteriology. an apparatus in which steam under pressure effects sterilization.
verb (used with object), au·to·claved, au·to·clav·ing.
to place in an autoclave.
Origin of autoclave
equivalent to auto- auto-1
< Latin clāv-,
stem of clāvis
key and clāvus
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British Dictionary definitions for autoclave
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
Word Origin for autoclave
C19: from French auto- + -clave, from Latin clāvis key
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Word Origin and History for autoclave
1880, from French, literally "self-locking," from auto- "self" (see auto-) + Latin clavis "key" (see slot (n.2)).
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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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