spoil·​age | \ ˈspȯi-lij How to pronounce spoilage (audio) \

Definition of spoilage

1 : the act or process of spoiling especially : the process of decay in foodstuffs
2 : something spoiled or wasted
3 : loss by spoilage

Examples of spoilage in a Sentence

The milk should be refrigerated to prevent spoilage. in the days before refrigeration, spoilage was a constant problem
Recent Examples on the Web The deliberate outages not only plunged residents of the area into darkness for days, but the resulting food spoilage strained already tight budgets. Fox News, 4 July 2022 Protecting edible items from bacteria and other microorganisms reduces spoilage, which is a major factor in food being tossed out. Sam Jones, Scientific American, 24 June 2022 Salt and acidity can stave off spoilage, so ingredients packed into a bento are typically well seasoned. Rachel Ng, Outside Online, 5 June 2021 Wu also stores common pantry ingredients in the refrigerator to prevent spoilage. Sara Weinreb, USA TODAY, 2 Apr. 2022 Added sulfites are a third-rail type of issue in wine, as sulfur dioxide helps prevent all kinds of spoilage in bottle. Washington Post, 10 Mar. 2022 Vegetables like asparagus should be used quickly to avoid spoilage, so plan out your sheet pan ahead of time. Navpreet Dhillon, Sunset Magazine, 17 Mar. 2022 Warm, high-humidity locales (like your bathroom) encourage spoilage, as does anywhere with lots of exposure to light. Lauren Hubbard, Allure, 31 Jan. 2022 Never mind that the logistics of getting there and bringing back a load of meat without spoilage, was a challenge and an expensive one. Steve Meyer, Anchorage Daily News, 12 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of spoilage

1597, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Spoilage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spoilage. Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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spoil·​age | \ ˈspȯi-lij How to pronounce spoilage (audio) \

Kids Definition of spoilage

: the process or result of the decay of food

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