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verb (used with object), car·ni·fied, car·ni·fy·ing.
  1. to form or turn into flesh.
verb (used without object), car·ni·fied, car·ni·fy·ing.
  1. Pathology. to undergo carnification.

Origin of carnify

1630–40; < Latin carni- (combining form of carō flesh) + -fy
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British Dictionary definitions for carnify


verb -fies, -fying or -fied
  1. (intr) pathol (esp of lung tissue, as the result of pneumonia) to be altered so as to resemble skeletal muscle
Derived Formscarnification (ˌkɑːnɪfɪˈkeɪʃən), noun

Word Origin

C17: from Latin carō flesh + facere to make
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