carnify

[ kahr-nuh-fahy ]

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

1
1630–40; <Latin carni- (combining form of carō flesh) + -fy

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British Dictionary definitions for carnify

carnify

/ (ˈkɑːnɪˌfaɪ) /


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

Origin of carnify

1
C17: from Latin carō flesh + facere to make

Derived forms of carnify

  • carnification (ˌkɑːnɪfɪˈkeɪʃən), noun

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