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 embalm is defined as to treat a corpse with a special preservative fluid to prevent decay, or to preserve something in its original state, or to give a pleasant fragrance.
When an undertaker injects a fluid to preserve a corpse for a funeral showing, this is an example of when he embalms.
When you preserve the old code of ethics of a club that has been in existence for a long time and you do not allow the rules to change, this is an example of when you embalm.
When lilacs fill the air with a sweet smell, this is an example of when they embalm.

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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