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 (krē′māt′, krĭ-māt′)
tr.v. cre·mat·ed, cre·mat·ing, cre·mates
To incinerate (a corpse).

[Latin cremāre, cremāt-; see ker- in Indo-European roots.]

cre·ma′tion (krĭ-mā′shən) n.
cre′ma′tor n.
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1. Brit a furnace for cremating corpses. Also called (esp US): cinerator
2. a person who operates such a furnace
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