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Autoclave vs. Sterilizer

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Autoclavenoun

A strong, pressurized, heated vessel, as for laboratory experiments, sterilization, cooking or mineral processing.

Sterilizernoun

A device used to sterilize, killing pathogens by means such as heat, UV light, chemicals, etc.

β€˜The hospital was in trouble when the sterilizer broke; they almost had to shut down the operating room.’;

Autoclaveverb

(transitive) To sterilize laboratory equipment in an autoclave.

Sterilizernoun

One that sterilizes anything; specif., an apparatus for sterilizing equipment or an organic fluid.

Autoclaveadjective

(cryptography) autokey

Sterilizernoun

a device for heating substances above their boiling point; used to manufacture chemicals or to sterilize surgical instruments

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Autoclavenoun

A kind of French stewpan with a steam-tight lid.

Autoclavenoun

a device used for sterilizing objects by exposing them to steam at above atmospheric pressure (and thus at a temperature above the normal boiling point of water). It consists of a closed chamber able to withstand internal pressure, and a means of passing superheated steam into the chamber. Autoclaves are made in various sizes, and are much used in hospitals and research laboratories to render instruments and equipment sterile.

Autoclavenoun

a device for heating substances above their boiling point; used to manufacture chemicals or to sterilize surgical instruments

Autoclaveverb

subject to the action of an autoclave

Autoclave

An autoclave is a machine used to carry out industrial and scientific processes requiring elevated temperature and pressure in relation to ambient pressure/temperature. Autoclaves are used in medical applications to perform sterilization and in the chemical industry to cure coatings and vulcanize rubber and for hydrothermal synthesis.

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