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the soft brownish-yellow wax secreted by glands in the auditory canal of the external ear Nontechnical name earwax

“earwax,” 1741, medical Latin cerumen, coined by Swiss anatomist Gaspard Bauhin (1560-1624) from Latin cera “wax” (see cere (n.)) on model of albumen; or else from Greek keroumenos “formed of wax.”

cerumen ce·ru·men (sə-rōō’mən)
The brownish yellow, waxy secretion of the ceruminous glands of the external auditory meatus; earwax.
ce·ru’mi·nal (-mə-nəl) or ce·ru’mi·nous (-mə-nəs) adj.


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