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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.
It has been often reported that hot and humid weather predisposes individuals to otitis externa by causing maceration of the ear canal skin.
employs a novel system that relies on dehydration and maceration to convert human waste into a powdered ash.
This is called maceration and does not indicate that the deceased has drowned as it will develop whether the individual was alive or dead when entering the water.
Some winemakers put their reds through "extended maceration," meaning that this mixture of skins, seeds and new wine will soak together for up to 45 days.
When used on wounds, XCell dressings provide pain relief, improve granulation tissue and epithelization, protect the periwound from maceration, and continuously balance wound moisture by simultaneously hydrating dry surfaces and absorbing excess fluid from wet surfaces.
Flavours are extracted from raw materials via distillation, percolation and maceration, through delicate and precise methods using premium ingredients to create outstanding high quality liqueurs.
Makers of Biafine, WDE, which provides deep dermal hydration, replenishes natural skin barrier function, fights maceration, recruits macrophages for rapid granulation, epithelialization/wound closure of partial/full thickness wounds, and first- or second-degree burns and dry skin conditions.
Made from the Gamay grape, its freshness and fruitiness came from the maceration carbonique vinification technique, which creates the same chemical compounds that give bubblegum, peardrop and banana flavours.
SUMMARY: The tongue of the budgerigar was analyzed macroscopically and by scanning electron microscopy with conventional and NaoH maceration techniques.
These can lead to maceration and irritation, which may indeed result in a secondary candida infection that will require a new prescription and perpetuate a vicious cycle.