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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 from the web for embalmed
  • To meet demand, they bred, slaughtered and embalmed kittens by the thousands.
  • He has a fascination with mechanical gadgets, the colors amber and steel blue, and body parts embalmed in jars.
  • All researchers agreed that the mummy was carefully and extensively embalmed.
  • After, being embalmed at the morgue, he was buried in the local cemetery.
  • Genius is not embalmed in them, as is sometimes said, but lives in them perpetually.
  • 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.
  • Morticians arrange for transportation of the body to the mortuary where it is either cremated or embalmed.
  • The affidavit may also state that the remains have been embalmed or otherwise prepared.
British Dictionary definitions for embalmed

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 embalmed

embalm

v.

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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embalmed 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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Slang definitions & phrases for embalmed

embalmed

adjective

Drunk


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