[ 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

Related forms

self-mac·er·a·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Medicine definitions for maceration


[ măs′ə-rāshən ]


Softening by soaking in a liquid.
Softening of the tissues after death by autolysis, especially of a stillborn fetus.
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