causticize

transitive verb

caus·​ti·​cize
ˈkȯstəˌsīz
-ed/-ing/-s
1
: to make caustic
especially : to convert (alkaline carbonate) into a hydroxide by the use of lime
2
: to treat (textiles) with caustic alkali compare mercerize

Word History

Etymology

caustic + -ize

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“Causticize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/causticize. Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

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