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Princeton's WordNet

  1. mummificationnoun

    a condition resembling that of a mummy

    "bureaucratic mummification in red tape"

  2. dry gangrene, cold gangrene, mumification necrosis, mummificationnoun

    (pathology) gangrene that develops in the presence of arterial obstruction and is characterized by dryness of the dead tissue and a dark brown color

  3. mummificationnoun

    embalmment and drying a dead body and wrapping it as a mummy


  1. mummificationnoun

    The preserving of a dead body, by making it into a mummy.


  1. mummification

    A mummy is a dead human or an animal whose soft tissues and organs have been preserved by either intentional or accidental exposure to chemicals, extreme cold, very low humidity, or lack of air, so that the recovered body does not decay further if kept in cool and dry conditions. Some authorities restrict the use of the term to bodies deliberately embalmed with chemicals, but the use of the word to cover accidentally desiccated bodies goes back to at least 1615 AD (see the section Etymology and meaning). Mummies of humans and animals have been found on every continent, both as a result of natural preservation through unusual conditions, and as cultural artifacts. Over one million animal mummies have been found in Egypt, many of which are cats. Many of the Egyptian animal mummies are sacred ibis, and radiocarbon dating suggests the Egyptian Ibis mummies that have been analyzed were from time frame that falls between approximately 450 and 250 BC.In addition to the mummies of ancient Egypt, deliberate mummification was a feature of several ancient cultures in areas of America and Asia with very dry climates. The Spirit Cave mummies of Fallon, Nevada in North America were accurately dated at more than 9,400 years old. Before this discovery, the oldest known deliberate mummy was a child, one of the Chinchorro mummies found in the Camarones Valley, Chile, which dates around 5050 BC. The oldest known naturally mummified human corpse is a severed head dated as 6,000 years old, found in 1936 AD at the site named Inca Cueva No. 4 in South America.


  1. mummification

    Mummification refers to the preservation of a deceased body through a series of complex processes aimed at preventing decomposition. It involves the removal of internal organs, drying out or desiccating the body, and wrapping it tightly with materials such as linen or bandages. The practice of mummification has been observed in various ancient cultures and is often associated with religious or cultural beliefs regarding the afterlife.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Mummificationnoun

    the act of making a mummy

  2. Etymology: [See Mummify.]


  1. Mummification

    Mummification as a BDSM sexual bondage practice involves restraining a living person's body in a non-damaging way by wrapping it head to toe, or neck to toe, in materials like saran wrap/clingfilm, cloth, bandages, rubber strips, duct tape, plaster bandages, bodybags, or straitjackets. The end result is a person completely immobilized and looking like an Egyptian mummy. They may then either be left bound in a state of effective sensory deprivation for a period of time, or sensually stimulated in their state of bondage, before being released from their wrappings. Mummification is often used to enhance a feeling of total bodily helplessness, and incorporated with sensation play.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of mummification in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of mummification in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

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  1. Salima Ikram:

    These resins provide fresh evidence for long-distance trade networks, and raise the question of how and when the Egyptians learnt of these resins and obtained a specialized understanding of their properties and relevance to mummification.

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