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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.
Origin of macerate
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
Historical Examples
  • The macerated mass is placed in a suitable vessel and subjected to the action of an acid solution until digested.

  • It had been cut up, macerated, perhaps chewed; perhaps it had been also soaked with water.

    The Silent Bullet Arthur B. Reeve
  • A sternum must never be macerated, for it is so soft the cartilaginous framework would be entirely destroyed.

  • The macerated face of her aunt returned to her memory and made her shudder.

    Beatrix Honore de Balzac
  • The material must be thoroughly freed from air, and macerated.

  • The sap contains a substance that gives a blue dye when the inner bark is macerated in water.

    Trees Worth Knowing Julia Ellen Rogers
  • By a slow, patient process they had macerated their corn in it until it was fine enough for bread.

    Dwellers in Arcady Albert Bigelow Paine
  • She indicated a bowlful of macerated bread-crumbs mixed with milk and butter, and liberally seasoned with pepper.

    The Second Violin Grace S. Richmond
  • Salamandrine, an extract obtained from the macerated skin of the common red water-dog, is also violently toxic.

  • This substance is macerated in cold distilled water for some hours, pressed, and treated a second time in the same manner.

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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