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Verb (transitive)


mercerizev. t. [From (John) Mercer (1791-1866), an English calico printer who introduced the process + -ize.].
     To treat (cotton fiber or fabrics) with a solution of caustic alkali. Such treatment causes the fiber to shrink in length and become stronger and more receptive of dyes. If the yarn or cloth is kept under tension during the process, it assumes a silky luster.  [Webster 1913 Suppl.]


mercerize, v.tr. (also -ise) treat (cotton fabric or thread) under tension with caustic alkali to give greater strength and impart lustre.

J. Mercer, alleged inventor of the process d. 1866

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