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English definition of “autoclave”

autoclave

noun [C]     /ˈɔː.təʊ.kleɪv/ US  /ˈɑː.t̬oʊ-/
a piece of equipment that uses steam at high pressure to sterilize (= clean) objects used in medical operationsMedical and surgical equipmentKitchen appliances autoclave     verb [T] Lewis estimates that 40 to 80 percent of dentists actually autoclave their instruments as they should.Medical and surgical equipment
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