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pasteurize

[pas-chuh-rahyz, pas-tuh-]
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verb (used with object), pas·teur·ized, pas·teur·iz·ing.
  1. to expose (a food, as milk, cheese, yogurt, beer, or wine) to an elevated temperature for a period of time sufficient to destroy certain microorganisms, as those that can produce disease or cause spoilage or undesirable fermentation of food, without radically altering taste or quality.
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Also especially British, pas·teur·ise.

Origin of pasteurize

First recorded in 1880–85; Pasteur + -ize
Related formspas·teur·i·za·tion, nounsu·per·pas·teur·ized, adjectiveul·tra·pas·teur·ized, adjectiveun·pas·teur·ized, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for pasteurised

pasteurize

pasteurise

verb (tr)
  1. to subject (milk, beer, etc) to pasteurization
  2. rare to subject (a patient) to pasteurism
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Word Origin and History for pasteurised

pasteurize

v.

1881, with -ize, after Louis Pasteur (1822-1895), French chemist and bacteriologist, who invented the process of heating food, milk, wine, etc., to kill most of the micro-organisms in it; distinguished from sterilization, which involves killing all of them. The surname is literally "Pastor." Related: Pasteurized; pasteurizing.

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pasteurised in Medicine

pasteurize

(păschə-rīz′, păstə-)
v.
  1. To treat by pasteurization.
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