embalm

verb em·balm \ im-ˈbä(l)m , em- \
Updated on: 11 Dec 2017

Definition of embalm

transitive verb
1 : to treat (a dead body) so as to protect from decay
2 : to fill with sweet odors : perfume
3 : to protect from decay or oblivion : preserve
  • embalm a hero's memory
4 : to fix in a static condition

embalmer

noun

embalmment

play \im-ˈbä(l)m-mənt, em-\ noun

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Origin and Etymology of embalm

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


EMBALM Defined for English Language Learners

embalm

verb

Definition of embalm for English Language Learners

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


EMBALM Defined for Kids

embalm

verb em·balm \ im-ˈbäm , -ˈbälm \

Definition of embalm for Students

embalmed; embalming
: to treat a dead body so as to preserve it from decay

embalmer

noun

Medical Dictionary

embalm

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

medical Definition of embalm

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

embalmer

noun

embalmment

play \-ˈbä(l)m-mənt\ noun


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