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Macerate

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To Mácerate. v.a. [macero, Latin; macerer, French.]

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

Sources: Arbuthnot, John (227) · Burton, Robert (5) · Fiddes, Richard (2) · Harvey, Gideon (42)

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