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Meaning of AUTOCLAVE

Pronunciation:  'otu`kleyv

WordNet Dictionary
  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
\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).