- 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.
Origin of pasteurize
Examples from the Web for pasteurized
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If there is any doubt of the cleanliness, the milk should be pasteurized.
Pasteurized milk should not be kept more than a couple of days.
Milk may be preserved for several days if "pasteurized" or "sterilized."
After the specific amount has been selected, this milk should be pasteurized.
The bottles of milk to be pasteurized are hung in the water in the barrel.
- to subject (milk, beer, etc) to pasteurization
- rare to subject (a patient) to pasteurism
Word Origin and History for pasteurized
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.
- To treat by pasteurization.