To Mácerate. v.a. [macero, Latin; macerer, French.]
- To make lean; to wear away.
Recurrent pains of the stomach, megrims, and other recurrent head-aches, macerate the parts, and render the looks of patients consumptive and pining. Harvey on Consumptions.
- To mortify; to harrass with corporal hardships.
Covetous men are all fools: for what greater folly can there be, or madness, than for such a man to macerate himself when he need not? Burton on Melancholy.
Out of an excess of zeal they practise mortifications; whereby they macerate their bodies, and impair their health. Fiddes's Sermons.
- To steep almost to solution, either with or without heat.
In lotions in womens cases, he orders two portions of hellebore macerated in two cotylæ of water. Arbuthnot.