pasteurize

[ pas-chuh-rahyz, pas-tuh- ]
/ ˈpæs tʃəˌraɪz, ˈpæs tə- /

verb (used with object), pas·teur·ized, pas·teur·iz·ing.

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.
Also especially British, pas·teur·ise.

Origin of pasteurize

First recorded in 1880–85; Pasteur + -ize

OTHER WORDS FROM pasteurize

pas·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 pasteurization (1 of 2)

pasteurization

pasteurisation

/ (ˌpæstəraɪˈzeɪʃən, -stjə-, ˌpɑː-) /

noun

the process of heating beverages, such as milk, beer, wine, or cider, or solid foods, such as cheese or crab meat, to destroy harmful or undesirable microorganisms or to limit the rate of fermentation by the application of controlled heat

British Dictionary definitions for pasteurization (2 of 2)

pasteurize

pasteurise

/ (ˈpæstəˌraɪz, -stjə-, ˈpɑː-) /

verb (tr)

to subject (milk, beer, etc) to pasteurization
rare to subject (a patient) to pasteurism
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Medicine definitions for pasteurization (1 of 2)

pasteurization
[ păs′chər-ĭ-zāshən, păs′tər- ]

n.

The process of heating a beverage, such as milk or beer, to a specific temperature for a specific period of time in order to kill microorganisms that could cause disease, spoilage, or undesired fermentation.
The process of destroying most microorganisms in certain foods, such as fish or clam meat, by irradiating them with gamma rays or other radiation to prevent spoilage.

Medicine definitions for pasteurization (2 of 2)

pasteurize
[ păschə-rīz′, păstə- ]

v.

To treat by pasteurization.
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Science definitions for pasteurization

pasteurization
[ păs′chər-ĭ-zāshən ]

A process in which an unfermented liquid, such as milk, or a partially fermented one, such as beer, is heated to a specific temperature for a certain amount of time in order to kill pathogens that could cause disease, spoilage, or undesired fermentation. During pasteurization, the liquid is not allowed to reach its boiling point so as to avoid changing its molecular structure.
The process of destroying most pathogens in certain foods, such as fish or clams, by irradiating them with gamma rays or other radiation to prevent spoilage. See Note at Pasteur.
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Culture definitions for pasteurization

pasteurization
[ (pas-chuhr-i-zay-shuhn, pas-tuhr-i-zay-shuhn) ]

Heating a fluid, such as milk, for a specific period to kill harmful bacteria. This technique was developed by Louis Pasteur.

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