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A device devised to remove bacteria from dental instruments, but found to be ineffective by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It consists of a container filled with millimeter-sized glass spheres heated to temperatures exceeding 217°C into which the instrument is placed, usually for 15 to 45 seconds.
CAUTION!The FDA recommends the use of other devices to sterilize dental and surgical equipment.
See also: sterilizer