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pasteurize

pas·teur·ize

pasteurize

 
 
pronunciation:
paes ch raIz
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: pasteurized, pasteurizes, pasteurizing
definition: to heat (milk, cheese, beer, or the like) to a high temperature for a certain period in order to kill most of the harmful bacteria and retard fermentation.
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derivation: pasteurization (n.)
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The French chemist Louis Pasteur invented the process of pasteurization.
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  bacteria, drink, milk