cerumen

cerumen

[si-roo-muhn]
noun

Origin:
1735–45; < Neo-Latin, equivalent to Latin cēr(a) wax + (alb)umen albumen

ceruminous, adjective
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cerumen (sɪˈruːmɛn)
 
n
Nontechnical name: earwax the soft brownish-yellow wax secreted by glands in the auditory canal of the external ear
 
[C18: from New Latin, from Latin cēra wax + albumen]
 
ce'ruminous
 
adj

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cerumen
1741, medical L. cerumen, from L. cera "wax" or Gk. keroumenos "formed of wax."
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cerumen ce·ru·men (sə-rōō'mən)
n.
The brownish yellow, waxy secretion of the ceruminous glands of the external auditory meatus; earwax.


ce·ru'mi·nal (-mə-nəl) or ce·ru'mi·nous (-mə-nəs) adj.
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