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Definition of "autoclave" []

  • A strong, pressurized, steam-heated vessel, as for laboratory experiments, sterilization, or cooking. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "autoclave" in a sentence
  • "Then Gilles took it out of the wine, cooked it with alcohol to make a flamb, added flour and pig blood and cooked it in the autoclave, which is basically a large, cylindrical pressure cooker."
  • "The prototype of the autoclave was the digester of Denis Papin, invented in 1681, which is still used in cooking, but the appliance finds a much wider range of employment in chemical industry, where it is utilized in various forms in the manufacture of candles, coal-tar colours, &c."
  • "Presently, the design of the autoclave, essentially, the autoclave is a sulfur burner."