Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun rare The act of embalming.

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  • noun The process of embalming.

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

Etymologies

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embalm +‎ -ment

Examples

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

    DesignerBlog

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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

    The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon

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