a container for sterilizing, cooking, etc. by superheated steam under pressure
Origin of autoclaveFrench ; from auto-, auto- + Classical Latin clavis, key: see close
to sterilize or cook by means of such a device
A strong, pressurized, steam-heated vessel, as for laboratory experiments, sterilization, or cooking.
Origin of autoclaveFrench : Greek auto-, auto- + Latin clavis, key (from the fact that it is self-locking from the pressurization).
(third-person singular simple present autoclaves, present participle autoclaving, simple past and past participle autoclaved)
- To sterilize laboratory equipment in an autoclave.