maceration

[ mas-uh-rey-shuh n ]
/ ˌmæs əˈreɪ ʃən /

noun

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.

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Origin of maceration

1485–95; < Latin mācerātiōn-, stem of mācerātiō; see macerate, -ion

OTHER WORDS FROM maceration

self-mac·er·a·tion, noun
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Medical definitions for maceration

maceration
[ măs′ə-rāshən ]

n.

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