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tr.v. mer·cer·ized, mer·cer·iz·ing, mer·cer·iz·es
To treat (cotton thread) with sodium hydroxide so as to shrink the fiber and increase its luster and affinity for dye.

[After John Mercer (1791-1866), British calico printer.]
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Adj.1.mercerized - of cotton thread that has been treated with sodium hydroxide to shrink it and increase its luster and affinity for dyemercerized - of cotton thread that has been treated with sodium hydroxide to shrink it and increase its luster and affinity for dye; "mercerized cotton"
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adj threadmerzerisiert
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Higher-quality cotton goods are usually mercerized; cloths so treated take brighter, longer-lasting colours from less dye.
The thread is mercerized with a beautiful and lustrous finish that provides a smooth finish and minimal thread breaks and is nearly lint-free.
"Gradient Lounge" is a generously sized chaise with voluptuous curves, 3-D-printed from polyamide nickel and copper, with matching upholstery that was 3-D-knit of silk, mercerized cotton and Merino wool.
dolichopetalum fibres (average length of!50 mm was cut into 10 mm) mercerized with 12% NaOH solution (mCDF) and acetylated with 6% acetic anhydride (aCDF) having tensile strength of 71.267 and 99.282 MPa, respectively, at room temperature for 30 min as optimum treatment conditions reported by Walter et al.
Yarn Plymouth Yarn Pendenza (100% mercerized cotton; 240 yd [219 m]/3 1/2 0z [100 g]): #0001 mauve purple mix, 4 (4, 4, 5, 5, 6) balls.
The mercerization process converts native cotton (cellulose I) to mercerized cotton (cellulose II) [7].
The process has been performed on mercerized and unmercerized cotton fabrics with the same structures to investigate the pretreatment effect.
The mercerized fiber (which is the starting point of all pretreatments) spectrum showed a significant decrease in peaks corresponding to carbonyl groups from UF to M24H because of hemicellulose and waxes removal from the fiber surface [23].
Their poplin shirt boasts 100% mercerized cotton for breathability and durability, a 260 thread count for added softness, and natural Mother of Pearl buttons for strength and style.
For the dyeing mercerized and bleached 100% cotton twill fabric was used to check fastness properties after dyeing.
Prices of specialty fibers including mercerized pulp, cotton and glass, as well as energy and chemicals have continued to rise steadily over recent months.