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Pronunciation: mas'er-a'shun


  1. Softening by the action of a liquid.
  2. Softening of tissues after death by nonputrefactive (sterile) autolysis; seen especially in the stillborn, with detachment of the epidermis.

[L. macero, pp. -atus, to soften by soaking]

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