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v. ret·ted, ret·ting, rets
To moisten or soak (flax, for example) in order to soften and separate the fibers by partial rotting.
To become so moistened or soaked.

[Middle English reten, probably from Middle Dutch reeten.]
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The process to remove the binding substances, such as pectin and lignin from the fiber bundle to release the individual fibers and increase the fiber strength is called retting process.
Retting process can involve water treatment, dew-retted treatment (10-13), and enzyme treatment (14-20).
A new retting process could revolutionize linen fabric production in the United States.