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ˈɔ təˌkleɪvau·to·clave

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. autoclave, sterilizer, steriliserverb

    a device for heating substances above their boiling point; used to manufacture chemicals or to sterilize surgical instruments

  2. autoclaveverb

    subject to the action of an autoclave


  1. Autoclavenoun

    a device used for sterilizing objects by exposing them to steam at above atmospheric pressure (and thus at a temperature above the normal boiling point of water). It consists of a closed chamber able to withstand internal pressure, and a means of passing superheated steam into the chamber. Autoclaves are made in various sizes, and are much used in hospitals and research laboratories to render instruments and equipment sterile.

    Etymology: [F., fr. Gr. a'yto`s self + L. clavis key.]


  1. autoclavenoun

    A strong, pressurized, heated vessel, as for laboratory experiments, sterilization, cooking or mineral processing.

  2. autoclaveverb

    To sterilize laboratory equipment in an autoclave.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Autoclavenoun

    a kind of French stewpan with a steam-tight lid

    Etymology: [F., fr. Gr. a'yto`s self + L. clavis key.]


  1. Autoclave

    An autoclave is a device used to sterilize equipment and supplies by subjecting them to high pressure saturated steam at 121 °C for around 15–20 minutes depending on the size of the load and the contents. It was invented by Charles Chamberland in 1879, although a precursor known as the steam digester was created by Denis Papin in 1679. The name comes from Greek auto-, ultimately meaning self, and Latin clavis meaning key—a self-locking device.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of autoclave in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of autoclave in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

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