To embalm is to prepare a body for a funeral or burial. Part of a funeral director's job is to embalm the bodies of people who have died.

Various traditions of death and burial require a dead body to be preserved with chemicals, and when someone does this, she's said to embalm the body. Occasionally, there are also medical research or educational reasons to embalm a body. Embalm has an Old French root, embaumer, "preserve a corpse with spices."

Definitions of embalm
  1. verb
    preserve a dead body
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    remove the organs and dry out (a dead body) in order to preserve it
    type of:
    conserve, keep up, maintain, preserve
    keep in safety and protect from harm, decay, loss, or destruction
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