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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macerate (ˈmæsəˌreɪt)
 
vb
1.  to soften or separate or be softened or separated as a result of soaking
2.  to break up or cause to break up by soaking: macerated peaches
3.  to become or cause to become thin
 
[C16: from Latin mācerāre to soften]
 
'macerater
 
n
 
'macerator
 
n
 
'macerative
 
adj
 
macer'ation
 
n

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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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Example sentences
The extensive laceration by the stylets may, secondarily, potentiate salivary maceration by mechanically rupturing cell walls.
The use of occlusive dressings, especially those tightly bound to the skin, may result in increased maceration of the skin.
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