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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.
The soft, brownish yellow, waxy secretion (a modified sebum) of the ceruminous glands of the external auditory canal.
[L. cera, wax]
ear waxAudiology A yellow secretion from glands in the outer ear–cerumen that keeps the skin of the ear dry and protected from infectionVox populi → medtalk Wax blockage, see there.
ear waxThe secretion of the ceruminous glands in the skin of the outer ear canal. Wax is a deterrent to small insects and traps dust. Over-production can lead to blockage of the canal and deafness which is easily corrected by wax removal.
a plastic solid of plant or animal origin or produced synthetically, used as a vehicle in skin dressings.
see bone sealant.