"macerates" in the verb sense
separate into constituents by soaking
become soft or separate and disintegrate as a result of excessive soaking
"the tissue macerated in the water"
soften, usually by steeping in liquid, and cause to disintegrate as a result
"the gizzards macerates the food in the digestive system"
4. waste, emaciate, macerate
cause to grow thin or weak
"The treatment emaciated him"
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