Definition of Pasteurization

1. Noun. Partial sterilization of foods at a temperature that destroys harmful microorganisms without major changes in the chemistry of the food.

Exact synonyms: Pasteurisation
Generic synonyms: Sterilisation, Sterilization
Derivative terms: Pasteurise, Pasteurize

Definition of Pasteurization

1. n. A process devised by Pasteur for preventing or checking fermentation in fluids, such as wines, milk, etc., by exposure to a temperature of 140° F., thus destroying the vitality of the contained germs or ferments.

Definition of Pasteurization

1. Noun. (alternative spelling of pasteurisation) ¹

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Definition of Pasteurization

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Medical Definition of Pasteurization

1. The heating of milk, wines, fruit juices, etc., for about 30 minutes at 68°C (154.4°F) whereby living bacteria are destroyed, but the flavor or bouquet is preserved; the spores are unaffected, but are kept from developing by immediately cooling the liquid to 10°C (50°F) or lower. See: sterilization. Origin: L. Pasteur (05 Mar 2000)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Pasteurization

pasteurella haemolytica
pasteurella infections
pasteurella multocida
pasteurellaceae infections
pasteurization (current term)
pasteurized milk

Literary usage of Pasteurization

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1. Principles and Practice of Butter-making: A Treatise on the Chemical and by George Lewis McKay (1908)
"pasteurization. Definition.—The word pasteurization has its derivation from Pasteur, a French scientist. pasteurization consists in heating milk somewhere ..."

2. Milk by Paul Gustav Heinemann (1919)
"In certain quarters the cry is raised that pasteurization is not 'always carried out conscientiously. This may be true, but cannot be used as an argument ..."

3. City Milk Supply by Horatio Newton Parker (1917)
"Another objection that was raised to pasteurization was that it would militate against sanitary dairying. It was known that much of the milk came into the ..."

4. Pure Milk and the Public Health: A Manual of Milk and Dairy Inspection by Archibald Robinson Ward, Myer Edward Jaffa (1909)
"The process of pasteurization should include cooling to at least 50°F., ... pasteurization of milk must be carried out under a permit therefor issued by the ..."

5. Dairy Technology: A Treatise on the City Milk Supply, Milk as a Food, Ice by Christian Larsen, William M. White (1913)
"He also states that, until commercial pasteurization has been placed under official supervision, home pasteurization should be employed as the best solution ..."

6. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1907)
"Cleanliness versus pasteurization of Milk.—Concerning the comparative value of pasteurization of milk produced under ordinary conditions and of ..."

7. Essentials of Milk Hygiene: A Practical Treatise on Dairy and Milk by C. O. Jensen (1909)
"pasteurization AND STERILIZATION IN the household, milk is boiled to make it keep ... The difference between pasteurization and sterilization consists, ..."

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