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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

aseptic

\uh-SEP-tik\ , adjective;
1.
Free from the living germs of disease, fermentation, or putrefaction.
noun:
1.
A product, as milk or fruit juice, that is marketed in an aseptic package or container.
2.
Aseptics, (used with a singular verb) a system of packaging sterilized products in airtight containers so that freshness is preserved for several months.
Quotes:
The development of aseptic packaging is so highly regarded in food industry circles that in 1983 members of the Institute of Food Technologists… voted it the number-one food innovation in the last fifty years.
-- Vince Staten, Can You Trust a Tomato in January?
He was taken to an aseptic, white barracks on the opposite bank of the Moldau.
-- Jorge Luis Borges, Labyrinths
Origin:
Aseptic was invented in the 1850s by chemists. It is based on the root septic meaning "infected."
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