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verb [T]    /ˈpæs·tʃəˌrɑɪz/
to heat something, esp. milk, at a high temperature for a fixed period of time in order to kill bacteria pasteurization    /ˌpæs·tʃə·rəˈzeɪ·ʃən/ noun [U] ultra-high temperature pasteurization
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