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[mas-uh-reyt] /ˈmæs əˌreɪt/
verb (used with object), macerated, macerating.
to soften or separate into parts by steeping in a liquid.
to soften or decompose (food) by the action of a solvent.
to cause to grow thin.
verb (used without object), macerated, macerating.
to undergo maceration.
to become thin or emaciated; waste away.
1540-50; < Latin mācerātus (past participle of mācerāre to make soft, weaken, steep); see -ate1
Related forms
macerater, macerator, noun
macerative, adjective
unmacerated, adjective
5. shrink, shrivel, fade, wither. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for macerated
  • Remove stems from violets, and pound violets in a mortar until well macerated, then strain through cheese-cloth.
  • The alcohol macerated the fruit, extracting its sweet-tart essence.
  • macerated brain, muddy brown and the consistency of toothpaste, oozed from the dural rent marking the bullet's entry.
  • Symptoms of infected fruits include stunted fiber development and macerated locules.
  • macerated solid wasted are more effectively treated by disinfectants and deodorants.
British Dictionary definitions for macerated


to soften or separate or be softened or separated as a result of soaking
to break up or cause to break up by soaking: macerated peaches
to become or cause to become thin
Derived Forms
macerater, macerator, noun
macerative, adjective
maceration, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin mācerāre to soften
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Word Origin and History for macerated



late 15c., a back-formation from maceration or else from Latin maceratus, past participle of macerare "soften, make soft, soak, steep," related to maceria "garden wall," originally "of kneaded clay," from PIE *mak-ero-, suffixed form of root *mag- "to knead" (cf. Greek magis "kneaded mass, cake," mageus "one who kneads, baker;" Old Church Slavonic mazo "to anoint, smear;" Breton meza "to knead;" Middle Irish maistir "to churn"), also "to fashion, fit" (cf. make (v.)). Related: Macerated; macerating.

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macerated in Medicine

macerate mac·er·ate (mās'ə-rāt')
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.

A substance prepared or produced by macerating.
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