Definition of plastination in US English:



  • The preservation of body parts through a process that replaces water and fat with various enduring plastics.

    • ‘Using the revolutionary process of plastination, the body specimens are preserved with special plastics that enable us to view the many organs and systems under our skin.’
    • ‘He is the inventor of plastination, a process that leaves the body ‘frozen in time between death and decay.’’
    • ‘The exhibition, at the old Truman Brewery in Brick Lane, East London, uses a technique called plastination to preserve donated bodies.’
    • ‘By replacing body fluids with transparent plastic, plastination maintains the natural shape and color of dissected tissues.’
    • ‘He used a process called plastination to preserve the bodies, which he developed over the past 25 years.’
    • ‘I wanted to go to his art/anatomy plastination facility in China, but he managed to give me the slip (no fool he).’
    • ‘The inventor of plastination and director of the Institute for Plastination does not call himself an artist, but prefers the terms inventor and scientist.’
    • ‘The bodies were preserved using a method called plastination.’
    • ‘The exhibition features 175 healthy and diseased body parts and 25 whole bodies, which have been preserved in a process called plastination, where fluids are drained and exchanged for plastic.’
    • ‘The exhibition shows 200 individual, authentic anatomical and whole body specimens preserved with a special technique called plastination, invented by the creator of the exhibition.’
    • ‘In the film, a clandestine brotherhood of doctors and med students perform these artistic autopsies and subsequent plastinations on living students.’
    • ‘The plastination process that preserves the cell tissue seems to also remove any trace of humanity.’
    • ‘To others he is an accomplished anatomist who, through his invention of plastination (where body parts are preserved by saturating them with polymer resin), has brought an understanding of the human body to lay people.’
    • ‘He is the inventor of the plastination process in which human tissues are impregnated with plastics and silicone rubber to become permanent, colourful, and odourless.’