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, embaumenRelated formsem·balm·er, nounem·balm·ment, nounun·em·balmed, adjective
< Old French emba(u)smer,
equivalent to em- em-1
verbal derivative of ba(u)sme balm
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Related Words for embalmingmummify
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Derived Formsembalmer, nounembalmment, noun
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
C13: from Old French embaumer; see balm
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Word Origin and History for embalming
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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To treat a corpse with preservatives in order to prevent decay.
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