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pasteurize

[pas-chuh-rahyz, pas-tuh-] /ˈpæs tʃəˌraɪz, ˈpæs tə-/
verb (used with object), pasteurized, pasteurizing.
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.
Also, especially British, pasteurise.
Origin
1880-1885
1880-85; Pasteur + -ize
Related forms
pasteurization, noun
superpasteurized, adjective
ultrapasteurized, adjective
unpasteurized, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for pasteurizing

pasteurize

/ˈpæstəˌraɪz; -stjə-; ˈpɑː-/
verb (transitive)
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 pasteurizing

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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pasteurizing in Medicine

pasteurize pas·teur·ize (pās'chə-rīz', pās'tə-)
v. pas·teur·ized, pas·teur·iz·ing, pas·teur·iz·es
To treat by pasteurization.

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