[ 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.
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Origin of embalm
1300–50; Middle English embalmen, embaumen
<Old French emba
equivalent to em-em-1
verbal derivative of ba
OTHER WORDS FROM embalmem·balm·er, nounem·balm·ment, nounun·em·balmed, adjective
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How to use embalm in a sentence
The sheet they left me kept off no drafts, and I felt like a corpse ready for the embalmer, and likely appeared one.
The face (which had been left by the embalmer exposed) confronted mine.
On examination it was found that the work of the embalmer had been most thorough.
If I'd had to listen to any more of his talking or singing, either the embalmer or the lunatic-asylum would have had me, sure!
British Dictionary definitions for embalm
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 forms of embalmembalmer, nounembalmment, noun
Word Origin for embalm
C13: from Old French embaumer; see balm
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Medical definitions for embalm
To treat a corpse with preservatives in order to prevent decay.
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