- the act or process of macerating.
- 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 of maceration
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Examples from the Web for maceration
He prayed, fasted, went through a course of maceration of the body.A History of the Reformation (Vol. 2 of 2)
Thomas M. Lindsay
Fleshy coverings of hard and bony seeds may be removed by maceration.The Nursery Book
Liberty Hyde Bailey
The maceration of different portions of the skeleton is produced by water.History of Embalming
J. N. Gannal
We obtained them in enormous abundance in a maceration of fish.
For the production of the huile and pomade they are treated by maceration.
Word Origin and History for maceration
late 15c., from Latin macerationem (nominative maceratio), noun of action from past participle stem of macerare (see macerate).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Softening by soaking in a liquid.
- Softening of the tissues after death by autolysis, especially of a stillborn fetus.
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