Definitions

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  • n. The process of embalming.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of embalming.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act or process of embalming.
  • n. A substance used in embalming.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. preservation (of a dead body) by treating with balsams and drugs and other chemicals

Etymologies

embalm +‎ -ment (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Count de Caylus states the idea of embalmment was derived from the finding of desiccated bodies which the burning sands of Egypt had hardened and preserved.

    A Further Contribution to the Study of the Mortuary Customs of the North American Indians

  • Volney and Pariaet think it was intended to obviate, in hot climates especially, danger from pestilence, being primarily a cheap and simple process, elegance and luxury coming later; and the Count de Caylus states the idea of embalmment was derived from the finding of desiccated bodies which the burning sands of Egypt had hardened and preserved.

    An Introduction to the mortuary customs of the North American Indians

  • These organizations advocate burying the dead in less intensively landscaped settings, closer to the surface, without benefit of embalmment, a casket, or even a headstone.

    Archive 2009-07-01

  • The embalmment process took ninety days, so it would be fully three months between death and the sealing up of the opening high on the door wall; embalmer priests would shuttle to and fro with their instruments and natron, the sour, acrid salts they obtained from Lake Tritonis on the margin of the Roman African province.

    Antony and Cleopatra

  • This is the title of it, order authorizing embalmment of decedent, decedent being Anna Nicole Smith will be beginning to give her peace.

    CNN Transcript Feb 17, 2007

  • And this is the title of it, order authorizing embalmment of decedent, decedent being Anna Nicole Smith.

    CNN Transcript Feb 17, 2007

  • And we're looking forward tomorrow to moving right ahead with the embalmment.

    CNN Transcript Feb 15, 2007

  • What is the security of a tomb, or the perpetuity of an embalmment?

    The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon

  • The Hyksosian tradition called for cremation, not embalmment and elaborate funeral procedures and ceremonials.

    Warlock

  • On the seventieth day after the Queen's death, on the night that the long ritual of her embalmment had been completed, that star had appeared suddenly in the heavens, a great red star that glowed where none had been before.

    Warlock

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