pas·​teur·​ize | \ ˈpas-chə-ˌrīz How to pronounce pasteurize (audio) , ˈpas-tyə- How to pronounce pasteurize (audio) , -tə- How to pronounce pasteurize (audio) \
pasteurized; pasteurizing

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Other Words from pasteurize

pasteurizer noun

Examples of pasteurize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For context refer to this flow chart: Milk comes from cows → cream comes from milk → cream gets pasteurized → this cream is churned into butter. Lucinda Scala Quinn, Washington Post, "How to put fancy, high-fat butter to its best use," 21 June 2019 Not pasteurizing preserves some intensity of aromatics and more acidity. Jenn Harrisstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "A complete guide to sake from the sake guru at Ototo," 8 Aug. 2019 Donor milk carries contamination risks, and needs to be pasteurized to avoid the transmission of infection, a process that can reduce the bioactive components of human milk that are beneficial to preemies in the first place. Annabelle Timsit, Quartz Africa, "Kenya hopes its first human milk bank will save infants’ lives," 13 Aug. 2019 There is an effective, but not uncomplicated, way to help them: Human milk banks, which collect, store, and pasteurize donor milk. Annabelle Timsit, Quartz Africa, "Kenya hopes its first human milk bank will save infants’ lives," 13 Aug. 2019 But keep this in mind: Most commercial juice sold in the United States is pasteurized to reduce the risk of bacteria such as E. coli or salmonella. Cara Rosenbloom, Washington Post, "Can juice be part of a healthy diet? Maybe, but it’s better to eat whole produce instead.," 7 Aug. 2019 All of the ice pops and ice cream are made at the original Uptown location — which, by the way, houses an on-site pasteurizer, a serious rarity these days — to pasteurize its own milk for custom custard bases. Allyson Reedy, The Know, "New Wash Park ice cream shop celebrates Apollo 11 with boozy space flavors," 17 July 2019 Living microorganisms with health benefits are known as probiotics, but Cani found that Akkermansia muciniphila was most effective when pasteurized, or killed through heat. Arman Azad, CNN, "This bacteria may help people with obesity live healthier lives, study says," 3 July 2019 The farm pasteurizes the milk and turns some of it into yogurt on the middle floor of the pontoon. Washington Post, "Dutch farm floats possibilities of urban dairy production," 30 June 2019

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First Known Use of pasteurize

1881, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pasteurize

Louis Pasteur

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The first known use of pasteurize was in 1881

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pas·​teur·​ize | \ ˈpas-chə-ˌrīz How to pronounce pasteurize (audio) , ˈpa-stə-\
pasteurized; pasteurizing

Kids Definition of pasteurize

: to keep a liquid (as milk) for a time at a temperature high enough to kill many harmful germs and then cool it rapidly

Other Words from pasteurize

pasteurizer noun


transitive verb
variants: also British pasteurise \ ˈpas-​chə-​ˌrīz How to pronounce pasteurise (audio) , ˈpas-​tə-​ How to pronounce pasteurise (audio) \
pasteurized also British pasteurised; pasteurizing also British pasteurising

Medical Definition of pasteurize

: to subject to pasteurization

Other Words from pasteurize

pasteurizer also British pasteuriser noun

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