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wax

 [waks]
a plastic solid of plant or animal origin or produced synthetically. adj., adj wax´y.
bone wax a waxy substance used for packing small bone cavities, as in bones of the skull, and for controlling bleeding from them.
dental wax a mixture of two or more waxes with other additives, used in dentistry for casts, construction of nonmetallic denture bases, registering of jaw relations, and laboratory work.
ear wax cerumen.

wax

(waks),
1. A substance, plastic at room temperature, secreted by bees for building honeycomb cells. Synonym(s): beeswax, cera
2. Any substance with physical properties similar to those of beeswax, of animal, vegetable, or mineral origin (for example, oils, lipids, or fats that are solids at room temperature).
3. Esters of high molecular weight fatty acids with monohydric or dihydric alcohols (aliphatic or cyclic), that are solid at room temperature; often accompanied by free fatty acids.
[A.S. weax]

wax

(waks) a low-melting, high-molecular-weight, organic mixture or compound, similar to fats and oils but lacking glycerides; it may be deposited by insects, obtained from plants, or prepared synthetically.
dental wax  a mixture of two or more waxes with other additives, used in dentistry for casts, construction of nonmetallic denture bases, registering of jaw relations, and laboratory work.
ear wax  cerumen.
white wax  bleached beeswax; bleached, purified wax from the honeycomb of the bee, Apis mellifera; used as a pharmaceutical stiffening agent.
yellow wax  beeswax; purified wax from the honeycomb of the bee, Apis mellifera; used as a pharmaceutical stiffening agent.

wax

(wăks)
n.
1.
a. Any of various natural, oily or greasy heat-sensitive substances, consisting of hydrocarbons or esters of fatty acids that are insoluble in water but soluble in nonpolar organic solvents.
b. Beeswax.
c. Earwax.
2.
a. A solid plastic or pliable liquid substance, such as ozocerite or paraffin, originating from petroleum and found in rock layers and used in paper coating, as insulation, in crayons, and often in medicinal preparations.
b. A preparation containing wax used for polishing floors and other surfaces.
3. A cosmetic procedure in which facial or body hair is removed by peeling away a layer of wax that has been allowed to harden.
tr.v. waxed, waxing, waxes
a. To remove (facial or body hair) by covering the skin with a layer of wax that is peeled off after hardening, uprooting the encased hairs.
b. To remove hair from (a portion of the body) by this method.

wax

a low-melting, high-molecular-weight organic mixture or compound similar to fats and oils but lacking glycerides. See also cerumen.

wax

(waks)
1. A thick, tenacious substance, plastic at room temperature, secreted by bees for building the cells of their honeycomb.
2. Any substance with physical properties similar to those of beeswax, of animal, vegetable, or mineral origin (oils, lipids, or fats that are solids at room temperature).
See also: cerumen
3. Esters of high molecular weight fatty acids with monohydric or dihydric alcohols (aliphatic or cyclic) that are solid at room temperature. Often accompanied by free fatty acids.
[A.S. weax]

wax

ESTERS of FATTY ACIDS with long chain ALCOHOLS. Waxes are water repellent and may be produced (particularly by plants and insects) to provide a protective, waterproof layer for exposed outer surfaces, or as a building material, such as the HONEYCOMB of BEES. Waxes include beeswax, from the honeycomb; wool wax, which on purifying gives lanolin; spermaceti wax, from the sperm whale, used in cosmetics and ointment; carnauba wax from the leaves of a Brazilian wax palm; and paraffin wax from the RESIDUES of petroleum refining. See also CERUMEN.

wax

(waks)
1. A substance, plastic at room temperature, secreted by bees for building honeycomb cells.
Synonym(s): cera.
2. Any substance with physical properties similar to those of beeswax, of animal, vegetable, or mineral origin (e.g., oils, lipids, or fats that are solids at room temperature).
[A.S. weax]

wax,

n one of several esters of fatty acids with higher alcohols, usually monohydric alcohols. Dental waxes are combinations of various types of waxes compounded to provide the desired physical properties.
wax, baseplate,
n a hard, pink wax used for making occlusion rims and baseplates for occlusion rims.
wax, bone,
n a plastic mixture that may contain antiseptic and hemostatic drugs, designed for temporary application to freshly cut bone to prevent hemorrhage and infection.
wax, boxing,
n a soft wax used for boxing impressions.
wax burnout,
n See burnout, inlay and wax elimination.
wax, carnauba
n a hard, high-melting wax used for control of the melting range of dental waxes.
wax, casting,
n a composition containing various waxes with controlled properties of thermal expansion and contraction; used in making patterns to determine the shape of metal castings.
wax elimination,
n the procedure of removing the wax from a wax pattern invested in a mold preparatory to the introduction of another material into the resulting cavity. This may be done by dry heat alone or by irrigation with boiling water followed by use of dry heat. Also called
wax burnout.
wax expansion,
n the enlargement of wax patterns to compensate for the shrinkage of gold during the casting process.
wax, fluid,
n a series of waxes, each having different physical properties, used for making a correctable impression of the foundation structures that are to support a denture base. The term indicates that the wax is applied in fluid form as required.
wax inlay,
wax out,
n See blockout.
wax pattern,
wax template,
wax-bite,

wax

a plastic solid of plant or animal origin or produced synthetically, used as a vehicle in skin dressings.

bone wax
see bone sealant.
ear wax
cerumen.