mummify

[muhm-uh-fahy]
verb (used with object), mummified, mummifying.
1.
to make (a dead body) into a mummy, as by embalming and drying.
2.
to make (something) resemble a mummy.
verb (used without object), mummified, mummifying.
3.
to dry or shrivel up.

Origin:
1620–30; mummy1 + -fy

mummification, noun
half-mummified, adjective
unmummified, adjective
unmummifying, adjective
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mummify (ˈmʌmɪˌfaɪ)
 
vb , -fies, -fying, -fied
1.  (tr) to preserve the body of (a human or animal) as a mummy
2.  (intr) to dry up; shrivel
3.  (tr) to preserve (an outdated idea, institution, etc) while making lifeless
 
mummifi'cation
 
n

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mummification
1800, from mummy + -fication.

mummify
1620s, from Fr. momifier, from momie, from M.L. mumia (see mummy).
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mummification mum·mi·fi·ca·tion (mŭm'ə-fĭ-kā'shən)
n.
The shrivelling of a dead and retained fetus.

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Example sentences
Archaeologists examine the mummification process and reveal the methods used to
  preserve the bodies.
It's about time this guy unveils a revolutionary method of mummification.
Because mummification was unintentional, the mummies represent a broad social
  spectrum of the community.
The break, though, could also be explained by a fall or a mishap during
  mummification.
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