Mercerize



[mur-suh-rahyz] /ˈmɜr səˌraɪz/

verb (used with object), mercerized, mercerizing.
1.
to treat (cotton yarns or fabric) with caustic alkali under tension, in order to increase strength, luster, and affinity for dye.
/ˈmɜːsəˌraɪz/
verb
1.
(transitive) to treat (cotton yarn) with an alkali to increase its strength and reception to dye and impart a lustrous silky appearance

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