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 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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Medicine definitions for pasteurize

pasteurize
[ păschə-rīz′, păstə- ]

v.

To treat by pasteurization.
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