causticize

transitive verb caus·ti·cize \ ˈkȯstəˌsīz \

Definition of causticize

-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

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Origin and Etymology of causticize

caustic + -ize


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