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Meaning of autoclave

au•to•clave

Pronunciation: (ô'tu-klāv"), [key]
— n., v., -claved, -clav•ing.
—n.
  1. a heavy vessel for conducting chemical reactions under high pressure.
  2. See
  3. an apparatus in which steam under pressure effects sterilization.
—v.t.
  1. to place in an autoclave.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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