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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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