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autoclave

 [aw´to-klāv]
a self-locking apparatus for the sterilization of materials by steam under pressure. The autoclave allows steam to flow around each article placed in the chamber. The vapor penetrates cloth or paper used to package the articles being sterilized. Autoclaving is one of the most effective methods for destruction of all types of microorganisms, including spores. The amount of time and degree of temperature necessary for sterilization depend on the articles to be sterilized and whether they are wrapped or left directly exposed to the steam.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

au·to·clave

(aw'tō-klāv),
1. An apparatus for sterilization by steam under pressure consisting of a strong closed boiler in which are placed a small quantity of water and a wire basket holding the articles to be sterilized.
2. To sterilize in an autoclave.
[auto- + L. clavis, a key, in the sense of self-locking]
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

autoclave

A device that sterilises instruments or materials with heat, high pressure and/or steam.
Segen's Medical Dictionary. © 2012 Farlex, Inc. All rights reserved.

au·to·clave

(aw'tō-klāv)
1. An apparatus for sterilization by steam under pressure.
2. To sterilize in an autoclave.
[auto- + L. clavis, a key, in the sense of self-locking]
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

autoclave

A strong sealed chamber in which surgical instruments, towels, dressings, and other items can be sterilized by steam under raised pressure.
Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005

autoclave

  1. an apparatus in which objects or materials are sterilized using air-free saturated steam under pressure at temperatures in excess of 100 °C.
  2. a sealed vessel in which chemical reactions can occur at high pressure.
Collins Dictionary of Biology, 3rd ed. © W. G. Hale, V. A. Saunders, J. P. Margham 2005

au·to·clave

(aw'tō-klāv)
1. An apparatus for sterilization involving steam under pressure consisting of a strong closed boiler in which are placed a small quantity of water and a wire basket holding the articles to be sterilized.
2. To sterilize in an autoclave.
[auto- + L. clavis, a key, in the sense of self-locking]
Medical Dictionary for the Dental Professions © Farlex 2012