ear wax


a yellowish, waxlike secretion from certain glands in the external auditory canal; cerumen.

1350–1400; Middle English erewax. See ear1, wax1

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earwax (ˈɪəˌwæks)
the nontechnical name for cerumen

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late 14c., from ear (1) + wax (n.).
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earwax ear·wax (ēr'wāks')
A waxlike secretion of certain glands lining the canal of the external ear; cerumen.

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