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Anatomy Journal of Africa

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Embalmment: a veritable source of human body preservation

Ajayi Abayomi, Edjomariegwe Odiri

Abstract


Embalmment is the process of chemically treating the dead human body to reduce the presence and growth of microorganisms, in order to retard organic decomposition and restore acceptable physical appearance. This paper presents a synopsis of the historical aspect of embalming and the various documented techniques of embalming in ancient and modern times.

Keywords: Embalmment, mummification, techniques, death




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