Autoclave meaning

ôtō-klāv
A strong, pressurized, steam-heated vessel, as for laboratory experiments, sterilization, or cooking.
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A container for sterilizing, cooking, etc. by superheated steam under pressure.
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To sterilize or cook by means of such a device.
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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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To sterilize laboratory equipment in an autoclave.
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Origin of autoclave

  • French Greek auto- auto- Latin clāvis key (from the fact that it is self-locking from the pressurization)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French autoclave, formed with prefix auto- + Latin clavis (“key”).

    From Wiktionary