macerate

verb mac·er·ate \ ˈma-sə-ˌrāt \

Definition of macerate

macerated; macerating
transitive verb
1 :to cause to waste away by or as if by excessive fasting
2 :to cause to become soft or separated into constituent elements by or as if by steeping in fluid; broadly :steep, soak
intransitive verb
:to soften and wear away especially as a result of being wetted or steeped

maceration

play \ˌma-sə-ˈrā-shən\ noun

macerator

play \ˈma-sə-ˌrā-tər\ noun

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Examples of macerate in a Sentence

  1. garnished with cherries that had been macerated in liqueur

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Macerate is derived from the Latin verb macerare, meaning "to soften" or "to steep." That meaning was borrowed into English in 1563. However, the first English use of "macerate" refers to the wasting away of flesh especially by fasting. That use manifested itself in 1547. A few other manifestations sprouted thereafter from the word's figurative branch (e.g., Laurence Sterne (1713-1768) once wrote of "a city so macerated with expectation"); however, those extensions wilted in time. Today, the "steeping" and "soaking" senses of "macerate" saturate culinary articles (as in "macerating fruit in liquor") as well as other writings (scientific ones, for instance: "the food is macerated in the gizzard" or "the wood is macerated in the solution").

Origin and Etymology of macerate

Latin maceratus, past participle of macerare to soften, steep


Medical Dictionary

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macerate

verb mac·er·ate \ ˈmas-ə-ˌrāt \

medical Definition of macerate

macerated; macerating
transitive verb
:to soften (as tissue) by steeping or soaking so as to separate into constituent elements
intransitive verb
:to undergo maceration
  • allow the drug to macerate in hot water for one hour

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macerate

noun mac·er·ate \ ˈmas-ə-rət \

medical Definition of macerate

:a product of macerating :something prepared by maceration
  • examining the chromosomes in a liver macerate
— compare homogenate


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