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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 of embalm
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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  • The bodies are properly prepared and embalmed and a description of the clothing is placed upon each.

    The Johnstown Horror James Herbert Walker
  • Now Marx embalmed his thinking in the language of the Hegelian school.

    A Preface to Politics Walter Lippmann
  • On the spot where he died he encamped; and caused the body to be embalmed with balsam, myrrh, and aloes.

    Mediaeval Tales Various
  • Her body has been embalmed and is at the house of relatives.

    The Johnstown Horror James Herbert Walker
  • Thou mayst find the fan of the Princess of India useful; with me it is embalmed in sentiment.

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

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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