mercerize

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Mercer +‎ -ize, named after John Mercer of Great Harwood, Lancashire, who invented the process in the mid-19th century.

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mercerize (third-person singular simple present mercerizes, present participle mercerizing, simple past and past participle mercerized)

  1. To treat cotton fabric with sodium hydroxide to make it more lustrous and accepting of dyes.

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