pasteurization

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noun pas·teur·i·za·tion \ˌpas-chə-rə-ˈzā-shən, ˌpas-tyə-, -tə-\

Definition of pasteurization

  1. 1 :  partial sterilization of a substance and especially a liquid (such as milk) at a temperature and for a period of exposure that destroys objectionable organisms without major chemical alteration of the substance

  2. 2 :  irradiation of food products

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First Known Use of pasteurization

1886


PASTEURIZATION Defined for English Language Learners

pasteurization

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Definition of pasteurization for English Language Learners

  • : a process in which a liquid (such as milk or cream) is heated to a temperature that kills harmful germs and then cooled quickly


PASTEURIZATION Defined for Kids

pasteurization

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noun pas·teur·i·za·tion \ˌpas-chə-rə-ˈzā-shən, ˌpa-stə-\

Definition of pasteurization for Students

  1. :  the process of heating a liquid to a temperature to kill germs and then rapidly cooling it


Medical Dictionary

pasteurization

noun pas·teur·iza·tion
variants: also British

pasteurisation

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Medical Definition of pasteurization

  1. 1:  partial sterilization of a substance and especially a liquid (as milk) at a temperature and for a period of exposure that destroys pathogenic microorganisms

  2. 2:  partial sterilization of perishable food products (as fruit or poultry) with radiation (as gamma rays emitted by cobalt 60)



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