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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.

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]

autoclave

A device that sterilises instruments or materials with heat, high pressure and/or steam.

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]

autoclave

A strong sealed chamber in which surgical instruments, towels, dressings, and other items can be sterilized by steam under raised pressure.

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.

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]
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