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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.
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Thus, despite the evidence for highly breathy voice in Sheen's softened words, it seems that the softening effect on the segmental level is more complex.
After a given length of time {usually several minutes), the watch glass is removed, the paint or solvent is wiped off and the softening point or creep behavior of the treated specimen is measured (depending on the specimen size and the instrument used, this may require cutting small pieces from the test area).
Investors will look carefully at the market positions of individual companies, given the uneven softening trend from line to line.
have developed skid-mounted water softening systems to rectify the problem hard water poses to boiler operators.
Avoid: A strong yellow-colored rind, a softening over the entire rind, or mold growth, particularly in the stem scar.
The environmental factor responsible for softening hard seed has been identified as high fluctuating soil temperature during the summer months (Quinlivan and Millington, 1962; Quinlivan, 1961).
The basic reason for softening water is to avoid the calcium buildup that can plug pipes and damage water heaters, as well as decrease the effectiveness of soaps and detergents.
The water quality of the Biscayne Aquifer allowed the use of a cold-lime softening process at Hollywood's existing treatment facility, with the permitted THM limit (100 ppb) in finished water achieved through disinfection by chlorination.
The contrast to this is a well that initially had low levels of chlorides before a softening system was installed.
This engineered tomato, designed to resist softening, will have the fresh flavor consumers desire and an extended shelf life as well, Calgene contends.
Consumer inflation had moderated recently, largely as a result of some softening in oil prices.
By softening or rehydrating the fruits to restore part or all of their moisture, you can use them in baking, or serve in a variety of ways.