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Meaning of mercerize

mer•cer•ize

Pronunciation: (mûr'su-rīz"), [key]
— -ized, -iz•ing.
  1. to treat (cotton yarns or fabric) with caustic alkali under tension, in order to increase strength, luster, and affinity for dye.
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