mercerize


mer·cer·ize

transitive verb \ˈmər-sə-ˌrīz\
mer·cer·izedmer·cer·iz·ing

Definition of MERCERIZE

:  to give (as cotton yarn) luster, strength, and receptiveness to dyes by treatment under tension with caustic soda
mer·cer·i·za·tion \ˌmərs-rə-ˈzā-shən, ˌmər-sə-\ noun

Origin of MERCERIZE

John Mercer †1866 English calico printer
First Known Use: 1852

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