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Ovens, Laboratory

Definition : Ovens designed for clinical laboratory procedures (e.g., baking, drying, desiccating, sterilizing of glassware, instruments, cultures, or samples); they operate at temperatures typically from ambient to a maximum of between 200 and 325 degrees Celsius (392 to 620 degrees Fahrenheit) with the chamber temperature accuracy, resolution, and uniformity required in clinical laboratory work. These ovens usually consist of a thermal isolated chamber made of corrosion-proof materials and, frequently, a large glass window; they also include time-and-temperature sensors and controls (either manual or automated), temperature protection, and alarms. Laboratory ovens are available in many different capacities (typically from 27 to 135 cubic dm [1 to 5 cubic feet]) and configurations (e.g., tabletop, upright, undercounter). Dedicated laboratory ovens provide gravity and/or forced-air capabilities; some can provide a vacuum environment in the working chamber.

Entry Terms : "Clinical Laboratory Ovens" , "Laboratory Ovens" , "Ovens, Drying"

UMDC code : 21086


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