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embalm

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verb em·balm \im-ˈbä(l)m, em-\

Simple Definition of embalm

  • : to treat (a dead body) with special chemicals to keep it from decaying

Full Definition of embalm

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to treat (a dead body) so as to protect from decay

  3. 2 :  to fill with sweet odors :  perfume

  4. 3 :  to protect from decay or oblivion :  preserve <embalm a hero's memory>

  5. 4 :  to fix in a static condition

em·balm·er noun
em·balm·ment play \-ˈbä(l)m-mənt, -ˈbȧm-\ noun

Origin of embalm

Middle English embaumen, from Anglo-French enbaumer, enbasmer, from en- + basme balm — more at balm


First Known Use: 14th century


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embalm

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transitive verb em·balm \im-ˈbä(l)m, New England also -ˈbȧm\

Medical Definition of embalm

  1. :  to treat (a dead body) so as to protect from decay

  2. em·balm·er noun
    em·balm·ment \-ˈbä(l)m-mənt\play noun




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