embalm

[ em-bahm ]
/ ɛmˈbɑm /

verb (used with object)

to treat (a dead body) so as to preserve it, as with chemicals, drugs, or balsams.
to preserve from oblivion; keep in memory: his deeds embalmed in the hearts of his disciples.
to cause to remain unchanged; prevent the development of.
to impart a balmy fragrance to.

Origin of embalm

1300–50; Middle English embalmen, embaumen < Old French emba(u)smer, equivalent to em- em-1 + -ba(u)smer, verbal derivative of ba(u)sme balm
Related formsem·balm·er, nounem·balm·ment, nounun·em·balmed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for embalm

embalm

/ (ɪmˈbɑːm) /

verb (tr)

to treat (a dead body) with preservatives, as by injecting formaldehyde into the blood vessels, to retard putrefaction
to preserve or cherish the memory of
poetic to give a sweet fragrance to
Derived Formsembalmer, nounembalmment, noun

Word Origin for embalm

C13: from Old French embaumer; see balm
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Word Origin and History for embalm

embalm


v.

mid-14c., from Middle French embaumer "preserve (a corpse) with spices," from en- "in" (see en- (1)) + baume "balm" (see balm) + -er verbal suffix. The -l- inserted in English 1500s in imitation of Latin. Related: Embalmed; embalming.

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Medicine definitions for embalm

embalm

[ ĕm-bäm ]

v.

To treat a corpse with preservatives in order to prevent decay.
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