Embalming is defined as the preservation of a body from decay, originally with spices and more recently through arterial injection of embalming fluid.
However the current use of the word "embalming" is misleading. The process is generally referred to as cosmetic embalming. It is used to improve the visual appearance of the body, and to prevent deterioration in the period leading up to the funeral. It has no long-term preservative value and cannot be compared with the Egyptian concept of preserving bodies.