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[mas-uh-rey-shuh n] /ˌmæs əˈreɪ ʃən/
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
1485-95; < Latin mācerātiōn-, stem of mācerātiō; see macerate, -ion
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self-maceration, noun Unabridged
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late 15c., from Latin macerationem (nominative maceratio), noun of action from past participle stem of macerare (see macerate).

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maceration in Medicine

maceration mac·er·a·tion (mās'ə-rā'shən)

  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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