spoil·​age ˈspȯi-lij How to pronounce spoilage (audio)
: the act or process of spoiling
especially : the process of decay in foodstuffs
: something spoiled or wasted
: 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 Their expiration signifies the point at which the salad's ingredients, such as leafy greens or dressing, may no longer be safe for consumption due to potential spoilage or bacterial contamination. Maeghan Dolph, Fox News, 19 Nov. 2023 There are two ways your ground beef can go bad – bacteria or spoilage. Clare Mulroy, USA TODAY, 17 Jan. 2024 So many cartons, so little time: A guide to grocery store eggs Like any other perishable commodity, eggs are also susceptible to organisms that cause spoilage, Jones says. Becky Krystal, Washington Post, 11 Aug. 2023 Moreover, sectors dealing with perishable goods and healthcare logistics face hurdles like refrigeration and the necessity for prompt deliveries to avoid spoilage. Nishith Rastogi, Forbes, 22 Feb. 2024 Grocers lose an average of $70 million a year to perishable food spoilage alone, causing significant income erosion. Michelle Liang, Fortune, 16 Jan. 2024 Truckloads of junk food, or supermarket produce verging on spoilage. Shane Mitchell, Saveur, 6 Dec. 2023 Technology will also play a big role, including refrigerators with food inventory technology—some that can even make menu and shopping recommendations—as well as emergency power sources to prevent spoilage. Kristina McGuirk, Better Homes & Gardens, 7 Dec. 2023 How To Store Southern Buttermilk Pie Buttermilk pie should be kept in the fridge in an airtight container to prevent spoilage and is best for three to four days after baking. Pam Lolley, Southern Living, 9 Nov. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1597, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of spoilage was in 1597

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“Spoilage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spoilage. Accessed 25 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


spoil·​age ˈspȯi-lij How to pronounce spoilage (audio)
: the action of spoiling or the condition of being spoiled

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