mummification


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

mum·mi·fi·ca·tion

(mŭm'i-fi-kā'shŭn),
1. Synonym(s): dry gangrene
2. Shrivelling of a dead, retained fetus.
3. In dentistry, treatment of inflamed dental pulp with fixative drugs (usually formaldehyde derivatives) to retain teeth so treated for relatively short periods; generally acceptable only for primary (deciduous) teeth.
[mummy + L. facio, to make]

mummification

/mum·mi·fi·ca·tion/ (mum″ĭ-fĭ-ka´shun) the shriveling up of a tissue, as in dry gangrene, or of a dead, retained fetus.

mummification

[mum′ifikā′shən]
Etymology: Per, mum, wax; L, facere, to make
a dried-up state, such as occurs in dry gangrene or a dead fetus in utero.
Forensic pathology A process that follows death in arid climates, in which the body becomes dry and leathery

mum·mi·fi·ca·tion

(mŭm'i-fi-kā'shŭn)
1. Synonym(s): dry gangrene.
2. Shriveling of a dead, retained fetus.
3. dentistry Treatment of inflamed dental pulp with fixative drugs (usually formaldehyde derivatives) to retain teeth so treated for relatively short periods; generally acceptable only for deciduous teeth.
[mummy + L. facio, to make]

mummification

Drying and shrivelling of the whole or part of the body.

mum·mi·fi·ca·tion

(mŭm'i-fi-kā'shŭn)
In dentistry, treatment of inflamed dental pulp with fixative drugs (usually formaldehyde derivatives) to retain teeth so treated for relatively short periods; generally acceptable only for primary (deciduous) teeth.

mummification

conversion to a dehydrated state; commonly said of a fetus. The soft tissues are very much reduced in volume, the skin is leathery and the tissues are deeply brown-stained.

corneal mummification
see corneal sequestrum.
References in periodicals archive ?
The new findings "raise the question of how widespread such mummification might have been beyond Britain," remarks Martin Smith, a biological anthropologist at Bournemouth University in Poole, England.
Unusual activities will include becoming an embalmer's apprentice, Greek historical re-enactments, learning the process of mummification as well as the chance to meet and chat with the museum's curators.
SECRETS OF THE PAST: Renowned University of Huddersfield forensic entomologist Dr Stefano Vanin and, below, natural mummification inside the crypt at the church of the Conversion of St Paul in Roccapelago di Pievepelago in Italy (S)
After his important studies of mummification and Egyptian crania, Smith devoted little time to Egyptology; his interests were in Egypt's wider influence.
Scholars now argue that in spite of the scale of production, mummification procedures were often as complex as those used for humans (e.
Once removed from the salt bath, Alan's corpse was wrapped in linen sheets and left for a further three months to complete the mummification process.
The one thing that is shared across all body wraps is the mummification of the body in a warm, soothing blanket.
Along the way we learned about how the pyramids were built, what happened when Tutankhamen's tomb was opened and how mummification really took place.
We learned that during the process of mummification, four jars were used to hold the organs that would be needed in the afterlife.
The show's opening gallery contains a large installation piece whose title - 'Pulling Your Brains Out Through Your Nose' - refers to the method by which the dead are prepared for mummification.
What was NOT part of the Egyptians' mummification process?
The busts reveal what these people looked like before mummification dried their bodies in preparation for burial and transition to the ancient Egyptian afterlife.