mummify

[muhm-uh-fahy]
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verb (used with object), mum·mi·fied, mum·mi·fy·ing.

to make (a dead body) into a mummy, as by embalming and drying.
to make (something) resemble a mummy; dry or shrivel up: The dead lizard was mummified by the hot desert air.
to preserve (an idea, institution, custom, etc.) that may have outlived its usefulness or relevance: Those mummified customs have no place in society today.

verb (used without object), mum·mi·fied, mum·mi·fy·ing.

to dry or shrivel up.

Origin of mummify

First recorded in 1620–30; mummy1 + -fy
Related formsmum·mi·fi·ca·tion, nounhalf-mum·mi·fied, adjectiveun·mum·mi·fied, adjectiveun·mum·mi·fy·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for mummification

mummify

verb -fies, -fying or -fied

(tr) to preserve the body of (a human or animal) as a mummy
(intr) to dry up; shrivel
(tr) to preserve (an outdated idea, institution, etc) while making lifeless
Derived Formsmummification, noun
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Word Origin and History for mummification
n.

1800, from mummy + -fication.

mummify

v.

1620s, from French momifier, from momie "mummy," from Medieval Latin mumia (see mummy) + -fier "to make into" (see -fy). Related: Mummified; mummifying.

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Medicine definitions for mummification

mummification

[mŭm′ə-fĭ-kāshən]

n.

The shrivelling of a dead and retained fetus.
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