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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.
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the act or process of softening or separating by soaking or steeping.
See also: Processes
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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
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n. maceración, descomposición y ablandamiento de tejidos y órganos en el agua u otros líquidos.
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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.
(See, also, my monograph, The Essential Identity of the Spiritual Affections and Certain Intestinal Gases Freed in Digestion -- 4to, 687 pp.) In a scientific work entitled, I believe, Delectatio Demonorum (John Camden Hotton, London, 1873) this view of the sentiments receives a striking illustration; and for further light consult Professor Dam's famous treatise on Love as a Product of Alimentary Maceration .
A confessor had, for the last three years, directed Mademoiselle Cormon rather stupidly in the path of maceration; he advised the use of scourging, which, if modern medical science is to be believed, produces an effect quite the contrary to that expected by the worthy priest, whose hygienic knowledge was not extensive.
Therefore, the extra steps of previous lyophilization and PVP addition during the maceration might ensure efficiency and reliability, improving the amount of DNA purified as well as reducing problems with the co-isolation of undesirable constituents, such as polysaccharides and polyphenols.
A chapter on gemmotherapy introduces a type of phytotherapy based on maceration of plant buds and shoots.
Dr Rene Gapert, from UCD's School of Medicine and Medical Science, carried out a process known as "bone maceration".
The Mono TR Muncher is the latest generation of twin shaft grinders and is specifically designed for the efficient maceration of raw sewage and abrasives sludges up to 500m3/h, to protect downstream equipment from blockages.
Les Roches Noires, La Cave de Roquebrun, St Chinian 2004, is made from a typical blend of Syrah, Grenache and Mouvedre using carbonic maceration (where bunches of grapes are fermented whole rather than being crushed) to preserve fruit flavours and softer tannins.
To assess the baseline meniscal status of the knees included in the analysis, two musculoskeletal radiologists who were blinded to the case-control status of the knees reviewed coronal and sagittal fast spin echo MRI images and evaluated each for meniscal damage using a collapsed scale, whereby knees with no meniscal damage were graded as 0, those with a minor tear were considered grade 1, and those with a non-displaced tear, displaced tear, maceration, or destruction were considered grade 2.
Together with maceration enzyme Rapidase Smart, and clarification enzyme Rapidase Smart Clear, we are in the unique position of being able to meet all the needs of the apple processing industry."
The gin has a delicate floral bouquet, the result of the maceration of grape flowers in the grape spirit, grown in the region of Cognac.
When used as a wound dressing, Gold Dust protects the wound tissue and the surrounding periwound area from maceration and degradation.