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maceration

[mas-uh-rey-shuh n]
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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.
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Origin of maceration

1485–95; < Latin mācerātiōn-, stem of mācerātiō; see macerate, -ion
Related formsself-mac·er·a·tion, noun
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n.

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

(măs′ə-rāshən)
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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