embalm

[em-bahm]
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:
1300–50; Middle English embalmen, embaumen < Old French emba(u)smer, equivalent to em- em-1 + -ba(u)smer, verbal derivative of ba(u)sme balm

embalmer, noun
embalmment, noun
unembalmed, adjective
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embalm (ɪmˈbɑːm)
 
vb
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
 
[C13: from Old French embaumer; see balm]
 
em'balmer
 
n
 
em'balmment
 
n

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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 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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Example sentences
To meet demand, they bred, slaughtered and embalmed kittens by the thousands.
From a body that has been autopsied once already, embalmed and buried for a few years.
Caught in the act, he was embalmed alive and his tongue was cut out for his act of sacrilege.
He has a fascination with mechanical gadgets, the colors amber and steel blue,
  and body parts embalmed in jars.
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