mercerize

verb mer·cer·ize \ ˈmər-sə-ˌrīz \

Definition of mercerize

mercerized; mercerizing
: to give (a material, such as cotton yarn) luster, strength, and receptiveness to dyes by treatment under tension with caustic soda

mercerization

play \ˌmərs-rə-ˈzā-shən, ˌmər-sə-\ noun

Origin and Etymology of mercerize

John Mercer †1866 English calico printer


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