(redirected from soften)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal, Acronyms, Idioms, Encyclopedia.


softening of a part or tissue related to a disease or other abnormal condition.
tracheal malacia tracheomalacia.


/sof·ten·ing/ (sof´en-ing) malacia.


The process of becoming soft. Synonym: malacia

softening of bones


softening of brain

See: encephalomalacia

white softening

The stage of softening of tissue in which the affected area has become white and anemic.


a change of consistency, with loss of firmness or hardness.
References in periodicals archive ?
Using soft, circular motions on cleansed body hair, Soften Her effectively buffs away sharp stubble and dead or dulling skin, which are often the culprits behind razors rashes and ingrown hairs.
One of those enzymes, cholesterol esterase, softens the polymers, or resins, used in dental work, Shiu Heman Tsang of the University of Toronto in Ontario reported last week at the American Association for Dental Research in San Antonio.
Soften larger pieces and too-dry slices by method 3 (steam slices 2 to 3 minutes, larger pieces 6 to 8 minutes).
Commercial banks in the UAE are to ask the apex bank in the region to soften mortgage rules.
It defines the temperature at which a thermoplastic material begins to soften.
This segment may be ubiquitous to consumers, but the entrenchment of aluminum in packaging, especially beverage containers, helps prevent a sharp drop in overall aluminum production when auto or housing starts soften.
While many interviewees called 1999 "the year of the CBD," as suburban office markets soften in the wake of heightened construction activity, markets across the county have continued to perform well for investors.
Water doesn't plasticize PS, so water-blown beads don't soften and are usable right out of the pre-expander.
After more than 30 years in real estate and three seasons of the hit TV show "The Apprentice," Trump will finally "soften up" by teaming with the new 'all' Cleans & Softens laundry detergent to help wash clothes for charity.
However, the general feeling is that the market will start to soften a bit come the first of September," says one recycler.
the makers of Zim's Crack Creme(R), today announce the QVC launch of one of their newest products, Zim's(TM) SPA Gloves, the first moisturizing gloves that soften hands in just five minutes.
The first step is to add one or more liquid chemicals to the crumb in order to swell and soften the surface in order to allow penetration of the reactive chemicals into the particle.