a container for sterilizing, cooking, etc. by superheated steam under pressure
Origin of autoclaveFrench from auto-, auto- + Classical Latin clavis, key: see close
transitive verb-·claved·, -·clav·ing
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 autoclaveFrenchGreek auto- auto- Latin clāvis 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.