Hyper Dictionary

English Dictionary Computer Dictionary Video Dictionary Thesaurus Dream Dictionary Medical Dictionary


Search Dictionary:  

Meaning of AUTOCLAVE

Pronunciation:  'otu`kleyv

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  a device for heating substances above their boiling point; used to manufacture chemicals or to sterilize surgical instruments
  2. [v]  subject to the action of an autoclave
 

AUTOCLAVE is a 9 letter word that starts with A.

 

 Synonyms: steriliser, sterilizer
 
 See Also: digester, pressure cooker, sterilise, sterilize, vessel

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Au"to*clave\, n. [F., fr. Gr. a'yto`s self + L.
clavis key.]
A kind of French stewpan with a steam-tight lid. --Knight.



 
Biology Dictionary
 
 Definition: A machine which is used to sterilize lab glassware, liquid growth media, and medical/biological/lab instruments. Essentially, it is a giant pressure cooker where the objects to be sterilized are placed inside a chamber of high temperature and pressure for an hour or more. The word is also used as a verb (as in, to autoclave something).
 

 

COPYRIGHT © 2000-2013 HYPERDICTIONARY.COM HOME | ABOUT HYPERDICTIONARY