verb (used with object), car·ni·fied, car·ni·fy·ing.

to form or turn into flesh.

verb (used without object), car·ni·fied, car·ni·fy·ing.

Pathology. to undergo carnification.

Origin of carnify

1630–40; < Latin carni- (combining form of carō flesh) + -fy Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for carnify


verb -fies, -fying or -fied

(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 for carnify

C17: from Latin carō flesh + facere to make
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