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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.
pasteurization pas·teur·i·za·tion (pās'chər-ĭ-zā'shən, pās'tər-)
The process of heating a beverage, such as milk or beer, to a specific temperature for a specific period of time in order to kill microorganisms that could cause disease, spoilage, or undesired fermentation.
The process of destroying most microorganisms in certain foods, such as fish or clam meat, by irradiating them with gamma rays or other radiation to prevent spoilage.
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.