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autoclave

[ aw-tuh-kleyv ]
/ 藞蓴 t蓹藢kle瑟v /
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noun
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路to路claved, au路to路clav路ing.
to place in an autoclave.
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Origin of autoclave

1875鈥80; <French, equivalent to auto-auto-1 + clave<Latin cl膩v-, stem of cl膩vis key and cl膩vus nail
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British Dictionary definitions for autoclave

autoclave
/ (藞蓴藧t蓹藢kle瑟v) /

noun
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
verb
(tr) to put in or subject to the action of an autoclave

Word Origin for autoclave

C19: from French auto- + -clave, from Latin cl膩vis key
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Scientific definitions for autoclave

autoclave
[ 么t艒-kl膩v鈥 ]

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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