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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

(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

(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]
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The frog has a specialized gland that produces lipide, or waxes. It wipes this wax all over its body to create a waxy barrier that locks in moisture, which helps it conserve water.
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