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.

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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 pasteurize

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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Medical definitions for pasteurize

pasteurize
[ păschə-rīz′, păstə- ]

v.

To treat by pasteurization.
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