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"softening," 1650s, from Late Latin malaxationem (nominative malaxatio), noun of action from past participle stem of malaxare "to soften, mollify," from Greek malassein "to make soft," related to malakos "soft" (see mallet).
malaxation mal·ax·a·tion (māl'ək-sā'shən)
The formation of ingredients into a mass for pills and plasters.
A kneading technique in massage.