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Definition of Macerate

Macerate: To soften tissues after death by soaking and by enzymatic digestion, as occurs with a stillborn.

The word "macerate" comes from the Latin "macero" meaning to soften by soaking (in a liquid).

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 6/14/2012

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