Definition of mercerize
: to give (a material, such as cotton yarn) luster, strength, and receptiveness to dyes by treatment under tension with caustic soda
mercerizationplay \ˌmərs-rə-ˈzā-shən, ˌmər-sə-\ noun
Origin and Etymology of mercerize
John Mercer †1866 English calico printer
First Known Use: 1852
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