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  • n. The act or process of macerating.

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  • n. The act or process of macerating.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act, process, or operation of softening and almost dissolving by steeping in a fluid. See macerate, 1.
  • n. The act or process of macerating or making lean or thin; the state of being macerated; leanness.

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  • n. softening due to soaking or steeping
  • n. extreme leanness (usually caused by starvation or disease)


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Latin maceratio.


  • In Provence, this process, known as maceration, is very short, which gives the wine a light color and a very delicate feel.

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  • Egg producers notably defend grinding up of newly hatched male chicks -- called maceration -- and other "euthanasia" on business rather than humane grounds.

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  • The third and final type of case which may confront the identification officer concerns the problem of maceration, that is, long immersion of the fingers in water.

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  •  Protect the skin from too much moisture: When skin gets too wet - a condition called maceration - it is more likely to break down.

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  • We have, on a previous occasion, described the process of "maceration" or "enfleurage," that is, the impregnation of purified fat with the aroma of certain scented flowers which do not yield any essential oil in paying quantities.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 288, July 9, 1881

  • The color will deepen as well; it's basically the "maceration" process.

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  • On the other end, you have the winemakers who treat cabernet franc like it's cabernet sauvignon blanc, extending maceration and bludgeoning it with new oak.

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  • Total Time: 24 hours unattended maceration; approximately 30-70 minutes cooking all timings depend on the fruit

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  • The long maceration times, followed up by long aging in traditional, large, old oak botti and the refusal to follow any recent fads in the region revolving around French barriques, roto-fermenters and the like is exactly the same formula that has been used by all of the great Piemonte traditionalists, with comparably brilliant results.

    Natural wines, premox, chenin blanc, 07 Port and Rhone – John Gilman | Dr Vino's wine blog


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  • "Ancient perfumes and unguents were a good deal weaker than their modern equivalents, there being no way of isolating the powerful essential oils that enable modern perfumes to pack such a punch, based on alcohol, synthetic chemicals, and essential oils isolated by the process of distillation. In their place, the ancient perfumer obtained his perfumes by soaking aromatics in fat or oil, which was then gently heated (maceration) or left to sit unheated (enfleurage). The end product was commonly worn on clothes and hair or, alternatively, poured onto a brazier and burned (the modern word itself derives from the Latin per fumum, 'through the smoke')."

    --Jack Turner, _Spice: The History of a Temptation_ (NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 2004), 208-9

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  • "Sewage treatment at Davis station has for years been limited to maceration before the waste is dumped into the sea."

    - Andrew Darby, Big stink brews in Antarctica,, 3 September 2009.

    September 3, 2009