earwax

earwax
noun Date: 14th century the yellow waxy secretion from the glands of the external ear — called also cerumen

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  • Earwax — Ear wax , n. (Anat.) See {Cerumen}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • earwax — late 14c., from EAR (Cf. ear) (1) + WAX (Cf. wax) (n.) …   Etymology dictionary

  • earwax — ► NOUN ▪ the protective yellow waxy substance secreted in the passage of the outer ear …   English terms dictionary

  • earwax — [ir′waks΄] n. the yellowish, waxlike secretion found in the canal of the external ear; cerumen …   English World dictionary

  • Earwax — Wet type human earwax on a cotton swab Earwax, also known by the medical term cerumen, is a yellowish waxy substance secreted in the ear canal of humans and other mammals. It protects the skin of the human ear canal, assists in cleaning and… …   Wikipedia

  • earwax — n. to remove earwax * * * [ ɪəwæks] to remove earwax …   Combinatory dictionary

  • earwax impaction — ▪ physiology       filling of the external auditory canal with earwax, or cerumen. Normally the wax produced by skin glands in the outer ear migrates outward. If the earwax is produced too rapidly, it may become hardened and accumulate, thus… …   Universalium

  • earwax — /ear waks /, n. a yellowish, waxlike secretion from certain glands in the external auditory canal; cerumen. [1350 1400; ME erewax. See EAR1, WAX1] * * * …   Universalium

  • earwax — noun A waxy substance secreted by the ear. Syn: cerumen, wax …   Wiktionary

  • earwax — SYN: cerumen. * * * ear·wax i(ə)r .waks n the yellow waxy secretion from the glands of the external ear called also cerumen * * * n. see cerumen * * * ear·wax (ērґwaks) cerumen …   Medical dictionary

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