Is a sterilizer an autoclave??

Is a sterilizer an autoclave. This bugged the crap out of me. 😀 Looking at build diagrams of hospitals and equipment.

  • Manufacturers refer to them as both.
  • Hospitals refer to them only as sterilizers
  • Laboratories refer to them as autoclaves.


Autoclaves are fun. They sterilize. They heat. I think our closest connection to them outside of the medical setting would be a pressure cooker. If you have made pasta though ever in your life it is a similar effect.