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v. mac·er·at·ed, mac·er·at·ing, mac·er·ates
1. To make soft by soaking or steeping in a liquid.
2. To separate into constituents by soaking.
3. To cause to become lean, usually by starvation; emaciate.
To become soft or separated into constituents by soaking: "allowed the juice and skins of the white grapes to macerate together overnight before pressing" (Gerald Asher).
n. (-ĭt)
A substance prepared or produced by macerating.

[Latin mācerāre, mācerāt-; see mag- in Indo-European roots.]

mac′er·a′tion n.
mac′er·a′tor, mac′er·at′er n.


the act or process of softening or separating by soaking or steeping.
See also: Processes
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.maceration - softening due to soaking or steeping
softening - the process of becoming softer; "refrigeration delayed the softening of the fruit"; "he observed the softening of iron by heat"
2.maceration - extreme leanness (usually caused by starvation or disease)maceration - extreme leanness (usually caused by starvation or disease)
leanness, spareness, thinness - the property of having little body fat


n. maceración, descomposición y ablandamiento de tejidos y órganos en el agua u otros líquidos.
References in classic literature ?
That evening when he went home, he looked at his phials to see how a process of maceration was going on, with undisturbed interest; and he wrote out his daily notes with as much precision as usual.
Maceration involves the use of a liquid to soften or break a substance into pieces.
The full-bodied flavor of Jagermeister, which includes cinnamon, star anise, ginger and cardamom, is a result of a lengthy maceration to extract aromatic compounds from a closely guarded recipe of 56 botanicals, plus aging in oak casks for one year.
Interdigital tinea pedis will be a little more obvious, with scaling and crusting between the toes, as well as maceration and oozing in many cases.
The flavours have been captured by maceration, distillation, expression and enfleurage.
Tenders are invited for contruction of 6 x10 size maceration tank, providing aluminium partitions and platform cupboard shutters in anotomy laborataries at ntr cvsc, gannavaram of krishna district.
Rose wines get their color from a brief maceration with the red or blue grape skins.
The flaky character would not be of serious concern in CTC manufacture, for the leaf undergoes greater maceration.
At Quinta do Zambujeiro, a small winery that produces 100,000 bottles per year and exports to 14 countries, Ambassador Sherman inspected grapevines, maceration vats and oak barrels as company managers explained the hurdles of exporting to the United States.
As an island, we are far more vulnerable to a pandemic situation; however, by using Red Bag Solution's Steam Sterilization and Maceration process, we believe our institution is better prepared for a crisis of this sort.
GNBTWI's are included in the differential diagnosis of interdigital toe-web maceration along with erosio blastomyces interdigitalis, interdigital tinea pedis, eczematous dermatitis and grampositive bacterial infections such as corynebacterium.
With respect to LD50 values, the aqueous extract was more toxic than the maceration extract.