autoclave definition

  • noun:
    • a powerful, pressurized, steam-heated vessel, as for laboratory experiments, sterilization, or cooking.
    • a stronger, pressurized, hot vessel, as for laboratory experiments, sterilization, preparing or mineral processing.
    • a type of French stewpan with a steam-tight lid.
    • a tool utilized for sterilizing things by exposing them to steam at above atmospheric force (and therefore at a temperature over the typical boiling-point of liquid). It comes with a closed chamber capable withstand internal force, and a means of driving superheated vapor to the chamber. Autoclaves are produced in a variety of sizes, and are also much used in hospitals and research laboratories to make devices and gear sterile.
    • A kind of stewpan, the lid which is held close and steam-tight by the vapor proceeding through the items associated with the cooking pan. Its an application to culinary functions of Papin's digester. See digester.
    • a kind of digester for which mixtures of chemicals can be safely heated under some pressure: mainly found in the manufacture of coal-tar dyestuffs.
    • a tool when it comes to sterilization by steam under pressure of bacterial cultures or tradition news, milk, and other substances.
    • a tool for heating substances above their boiling-point; always make chemical substances or even to sterilize medical devices
  • verb:
    • To sterilize laboratory gear in an autoclave.
    • susceptible to the action of an autoclave

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