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macerate

 [mas´er-āt]
to soften by wetting or soaking.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

mac·er·ate

(mas'ĕr-āt),
To soften by steeping or soaking.
[see maceration]
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macerate

(măs′ə-rāt′)
v. macer·ated, macer·ating, macer·ates
v.tr.
1. To make soft by soaking or steeping in a liquid.
2. To separate into constituents by soaking.
3. To cause to become lean, usually by starvation; emaciate.
v.intr.
To become soft or separated into constituents by soaking: "allowed the juice and skins of the white grapes to macerate together overnight before pressing" (Gerald Asher).
n. (-ĭt)
A substance prepared or produced by macerating.

mac′er·a′tion n.
mac′er·a′tor, mac′er·at′er n.
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mac·er·ate

(mas'ěr-āt)
To soften by steeping or soaking.
See also: maceration
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

macerate

to cause to separate into parts by means of a digestive process, particular related to the separation of cells in tissues.
Collins Dictionary of Biology, 3rd ed. © W. G. Hale, V. A. Saunders, J. P. Margham 2005

mac·er·ate

(mas'ěr-āt)
To soften by steeping or soaking.
Medical Dictionary for the Dental Professions © Farlex 2012
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After addition of S[O.sub.2] (50 ppm) and yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) NEUTRE SC (Lallemand, 2009)(200 mg/kg grape), maceration time of 5 days (~25 [degrees]C) was applied in order to study the effect of macerating enzymes on grape juice yields.
To test for possible maturation-inducing substances released by the ovaries during maceration, shell valves with intact ovaries were placed upright in bowls and treated with 1-2 ml of either filtered SW or an "ovarian supernatant" that was freshly obtained by macerating the ovary from the other half of the animal in 1-2 ml of seawater, and then centrifuging the macerated tissues and fluids at 14,000 x g for 1 min to produce a cell-free supernatant.
Also there is a sewage macerating plant at Briton Ferry which empties into the bay.
Previous pump blockages are now said to be a thing of the past as the Muncher has solved this problem by macerating all the heavy solids present in the flow, preventing pump blockages.
They work at the macerating and depectinisation stages of the production process.