- to subject (milk, beer, etc) to pasteurization
- rare to subject (a patient) to pasteurism
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
- Microbiologyto heat (a food, as milk, beer, or wine) to a high temperature to destroy bacteria without changing taste or quality.
- Microbiologyto expose (a food, as milk, cheese, yogurt, beer, or wine) to an elevated temperature for a period of time sufficient to destroy certain microorganisms, as those that can produce disease or cause spoilage or undesirable fermentation of food, without radically altering taste or quality.
- Pasteur + -ize 1880–85