- 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
Related Words for embalmedmummify, anoint, prepare, process, treasure, freeze, consecrate, cherish, wrap, enshrine, conserve, store
Examples from the Web for embalmed
Contemporary Examples of embalmed
Sorin had to be sealed in a lead coffin as bodies were not embalmed there.Edmund White: Sex, Success, and Survival
February 11, 2014
Scientists are examining the embalmed heart of Richard the Lionheart, who died in 1199.Scientists Exhume the Heart of Richard the Lionheart
March 3, 2013
"Father Gary" didn't grow up with a mercurial mortician who embalmed his mother, either.What's Real in The Rite
Seth Colter Walls
January 31, 2011
The dead need to be embalmed, as quickly and effectively as possible.Haiti's Grisly Problem
January 19, 2010
Climategate just ensures the carcass isn't going to be embalmed—it will rot for all to see.'Climate Change Is a Myth'
December 7, 2009
Historical Examples of embalmed
Therefore as soon as a man had died, his corpse was embalmed.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
It is embalmed and kept sweet by the myrrh and cassia of many tears.De Profundis
Such a cat should have been embalmed for the benefit of posterity.
It had so much the same look that it seemed to have been embalmed.In a Little Town
It was not a foot of metal, but in sooth a foot of flesh, an embalmed foot, a mummy's foot.The Mummy's Foot
- 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
Word Origin for embalm
- To treat a corpse with preservatives in order to prevent decay.