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em·balm

(em-bahlm'),
To treat a cadaver with balsams or other chemicals to preserve it from decay.
[L. in, in, + balsamum, balsam]

em·balm

(em-bahlm')
To treat a dead body with chemicals to preserve it from decay.
[L. in, in, + balsamum, balsam]
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The only way to completely sterilize a body, and of course remove the blood-linked Aids infection risk, is to embalm the body first.
The cost of embalming, for example, ranged from $200 to $575, in spite of the fact that the time needed to embalm a body and the cost of the materials used is the same from one provider to another.
5 gallons of the stuff--roughly the amount needed to embalm the average adult--the EPA could slap it with a fine.
At that point--not wanting to tempt fate further--the community decided to embalm the precious relic.
A TOP undertakers failed to embalm almost 2,000 bodies despite charging grieving relatives for the service.