Freeze-dried
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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  • freeze-dried — freeze ,dried adjective food that is freeze dried is made dry very quickly at very low temperatures in order to preserve it: freeze dried chopped herbs …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • freeze-dried — adj. dried by freezing and applying a vacuum; used of tissue or blood or serum or other biological substances. Note: This technique is gentler than other drying techniques and caused less damage or deterioration to sensitive substances. It is… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • freeze-dried — [ US ˈ. .] adj freeze dried food has been frozen and dried very quickly in order to preserve it …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • freeze-dried — adjective 1. used of tissue or blood or serum or other biological substances; dried by freezing in a high vacuum • Syn: ↑lyophilized, ↑lyophilised • Similar to: ↑preserved 2. preserved by freezing and drying in a vacuum freeze dried coffee …   Useful english dictionary

  • freeze-dried — ADJ Freeze dried food has been preserved by a process of rapid freezing and drying. ...freeze dried instant mashed potato. ...freeze dried coffee granules …   English dictionary

  • freeze-dried — UK / US adjective food that is freeze dried is made dry very quickly at very low temperatures in order to preserve it freeze dried coffee …   English dictionary

  • freeze-dried — /freez druyd /, adj. (of foods and beverages) preserved by means of freeze drying: freeze dried coffee. [1945 50] * * * …   Universalium

  • freeze-dried — adjective Date: 1946 being in a state produced by or as if by freeze drying …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • freeze-dried — A method used to dry substances, such as food, to make them last longer. The substance is frozen and then dried in a vacuum …   English dictionary of cancer terms

  • freeze-dried — adjective That has been subjected to this process …   Wiktionary

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