Freeze-dry Freeze"-dry` (fr[=e]z"-dr[imac]`), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Freeze-dried}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Freeze-drying}.] to remove the moisture from (e.g. food) by first freezing and then subjecting to a high vacuum; -- used as a mild method for drying foods or chemicals while causing little decomposition, in contrast to heat-drying.

Note: This is a relatively gently drying process used to preserve food or sensitive biological materials. For biochemical materials, the term {{lyophilize}} is often used. [PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • lyophilize — v. t. to freeze dry; a technique used to dry serum, tissue, unstable chemicals and other sensitive materials. [WordNet 1.5 +PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lyophilize — (Amer.) v. (Biochemistry) dry blood plasma or other biological substances by freezing in a vacuum (also lyophilise) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • lyophilize — [lī äf′ə līz΄] vt. lyophilized, lyophilizing [see LYOPHILIC & IZE] to freeze dry (esp. biologicals) lyophilization n …   English World dictionary

  • lyophilize — transitive verb ( lized; lizing) Date: 1938 freeze dry • lyophilization noun • lyophilizer noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • lyophilize — lyophilization, n. /luy of euh luyz /, v.t., lyophilized, lyophilizing. Biochem. (of tissue, blood, serum, or the like) to dry by freezing in a high vacuum. Also, esp. Brit., lyophilise. [1935 40; LYOPHIL(IC) + IZE] * * * …   Universalium

  • lyophilize — verb To freeze dry See Also: lyophilic, lyophilized, lyophilization …   Wiktionary

  • lyophilize — ly·oph·i·lize or Brit ly·oph·i·lise lī äf ə .līz vt, lized or Brit lised; liz·ing or Brit lis·ing FREEZE DRY ly·oph·i·li·za·tion or Brit ly·oph·i·li·sa·tion .äf ə lə zā shən n * * * ly·oph·i·lize (li ofґĭ līz) to subject to… …   Medical dictionary

  • lyophilize — or lyophilise lʌɪ ɒfɪlʌɪz verb technical freeze dry. Derivatives lyophilization noun …   English new terms dictionary

  • lyophilize — ly·oph·i·lize …   English syllables

  • lyophilize — See: freeze drying …   Glossary of Biotechnology

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