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a waxy secretion of the glands of the external acoustic meatus; ear wax. adj., adj ceru´minal, ceru´minous.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.


The soft, brownish yellow, waxy secretion (a modified sebum) of the ceruminous glands of the external auditory canal.
Synonym(s): ear wax, earwax
[L. cera, wax]
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012


The yellowish, waxlike secretion of certain glands lining the canal of the external ear. Also called cerumen.
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Some people naturally produce more earwax, or have smaller ear canals and might need a bit of attention.
He says that people who are bothered by excessive earwax may want to try Debrox, an over-the-counter product that can help remove the wax.
"There's no evidence that ear candles or ear vacuums get rid of earwax."
Earwax softeners are also available, they are drops that can be used, to soften the ear wax.
You might use a cotton swab or other implement to remove the earwax, but in doing so you can push the earwax farther into the ear and risk injuring your eardrum and ear canal.
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I was still Turkey Bill gobbling over every word and issue Laconic Lincoln lounged about the courtroom as if it were a stable, sat on the table, dug earwax out of his ears, and used anecdotes to illustrate the arguments."
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