un·​re·​frig·​er·​at·​ed | \ ˌən-ri-ˈfri-jə-ˌrā-təd How to pronounce unrefrigerated (audio) \

Definition of unrefrigerated

: not refrigerated: such as
a : not kept frozen or chilled for preservation food that was left unrefrigerated for too long
b : not equipped to provide refrigeration unrefrigerated containers

Examples of unrefrigerated in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The smell is a noxious mix of cigarette smoke, unrefrigerated meat and kerosene from blowtorches singeing away dead animal hair. Los Angeles Times, 4 Aug. 2021 Our Wildfire Season From Hell could grow worse and widespread blackouts could have voters sweating in their homes amid the stink of rotting, unrefrigerated food. Chris Cillizza, CNN, 19 July 2021 Another crucial asset was a heat-stable vaccine, developed around 1950, that could be stored for 30 days unrefrigerated, an enormous advantage in distributing vaccines to small villages that often lacked refrigeration and electricity. New York Times, 27 Apr. 2021 Food safety was an issue as boxes with perishables often went unrefrigerated. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 20 Apr. 2021 After a freezer problem at the Darrington Unit left unrefrigerated hundreds of doses meant for correctional officers, officials offered the vaccine first to staff and then to high-risk prisoners to avoid the doses going to waste. Star Tribune, 6 Apr. 2021 Add salmon, flesh-side down, and let sit unrefrigerated for 30 minutes. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 16 Mar. 2021 Viewers are also not aware of the time span the pork sat unrefrigerated in the package or how long it was soaked in the soda. Mckenzie Sadeghi, USA TODAY, 16 Mar. 2021 Keeping the product cold was a difficult task—if left unrefrigerated for too long, the vaccine would be useless. Paula Larsson, Smithsonian Magazine, 24 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of unrefrigerated

1581, in the meaning defined above

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“Unrefrigerated.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unrefrigerated. Accessed 16 Oct. 2021.

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