over·​cure ˌō-vər-ˈkyu̇r How to pronounce overcure (audio)
overcured; overcures

transitive + intransitive

: to cure (something) with chemicals, heat, etc., beyond an optimal point
Don't overcure the meat.
The manufacturer's instructions must be followed to avoid overcuring the sealant material.Mosby's Review Questions for the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination
Follow the recipe exactly; if the measurements or timing are off, the fish might overcure, rendering it too salty and tough …Noelle Carter
Excessive heat, due to belt slippage, tends to cause the belts to overcure. This causes the rubber to harden and crack.Jack Erjavec and Rob Thompson
overcure noun
High temperature areas in the mould can cause overcure … of the rubber … Bryan G. Crowther

Word History

First Known Use

1857, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of overcure was in 1857

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Cite this Entry

“Overcure.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overcure. Accessed 31 May. 2023.

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