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Adjective: mercerized  'mur-su,rIzd
  1. Of cotton thread that has been treated with sodium hydroxide to shrink it and increase its lustre and affinity for dye
    "mercerized cotton";
    - mercerised [Brit]
Verb: mercerize  'mur-su,rIz
  1. Treat to strengthen and improve the lustre
    "mercerize cotton";
    - mercerise [Brit]

Type of: process, treat

Encyclopedia: Mercerized