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pasteurization or pasteurisation (ˌpæstəraɪˈzeɪʃən, -stjə-, ˌpɑː-, ˌpæstəraɪˈzeɪʃən, -stjə-, ˌpɑː-)
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
pasteurisation or pasteurisation

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partial sterilization of foods at a temperature that destroys harmful microorganisms without major changes in the chemistry of the food [syn: pasteurization
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