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embalm

[em-bahm] /ɛmˈbɑm/
verb (used with object)
1.
to treat (a dead body) so as to preserve it, as with chemicals, drugs, or balsams.
2.
to preserve from oblivion; keep in memory:
his deeds embalmed in the hearts of his disciples.
3.
to cause to remain unchanged; prevent the development of.
4.
to impart a balmy fragrance to.
Origin
1300-1350
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 forms
embalmer, noun
embalmment, noun
unembalmed, adjective
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Examples for embalm
  • embalm the body if requested to do so by the family.
  • Opportunities are good, especially for those who also embalm.
  • Good job opportunities are expected, particularly for those who embalm.
  • Without the next of kin's permission, the funeral service licensee proceeds to embalm the body.
British Dictionary definitions for embalm

embalm

/ɪmˈbɑːm/
verb (transitive)
1.
to treat (a dead body) with preservatives, as by injecting formaldehyde into the blood vessels, to retard putrefaction
2.
to preserve or cherish the memory of
3.
(poetic) to give a sweet fragrance to
Derived Forms
embalmer, noun
embalmment, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Old French embaumer; see balm
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Word Origin and History for embalm
embalm
mid-14c., from O.Fr. embaumer "preserve (a corpse) with spices," from en- "cause to be" + baume "balm" (see balm) + -er verbal suffix. The -l- inserted in English 1500s in imitation of Latin.
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embalm in Medicine

embalm em·balm (ěm-bäm')
v. em·balmed, em·balm·ing, em·balms
To treat a corpse with preservatives in order to prevent decay.

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