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maceration

[mas-uh-rey-shuhn]
noun
1.
the act or process of macerating.
2.
a process in winemaking in which the crushed grape skins are left in the juice until they have imparted the desired color or the proper amount of tannins and aroma.

Origin:
1485–95; < Latin mācerātiōn-, stem of mācerātiō; see macerate, -ion

self-maceration, noun
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maceration
late 15c., from L. macerationem, noun of action from macerare (see macerate).
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maceration mac·er·a·tion (mās'ə-rā'shən)
n.

  1. Softening by soaking in a liquid.

  2. Softening of the tissues after death by autolysis, especially of a stillborn fetus.

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