Embalm Definition

embalmed, embalming, embalms
To treat (a dead body) with various chemicals, usually after removing the viscera, etc., to keep it from decaying rapidly.
Webster's New World
To treat (a corpse) with preservatives in order to prevent decay.
American Heritage
To preserve in memory.
Webster's New World
To make fragrant; perfume.
Webster's New World

To treat a corpse with preservatives in order to prevent decomposition.


Origin of Embalm

  • Middle English embaumen from Old French embasmer en- in en–1 basme balm balm

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English embaumen, from Middle French embaumer, from Old French embasmer. See balm.

    From Wiktionary

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