malaxation

noun
malax·​a·​tion | \ ˌmaləkˈsāshən, məˌlakˈs- \
plural -s

Definition of malaxation

1 : the act or process of reducing to a soft mass by malaxating
2 : the process by which parasitic and predatory hymenoptera chew their victims previous to feeding by the adult or larvae

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History and Etymology for malaxation

Late Latin malaxation-, malaxatio act of softening, from Latin malaxatus + -ion-, -io -ion

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“Malaxation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/malaxation. Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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