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cerumen

[si-roo-muh n]
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noun
  1. earwax.
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Origin of cerumen

1735–45; < New Latin, equivalent to Latin cēr(a) wax + (alb)umen albumen
Related formsce·ru·mi·nous, adjective
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Examples from the Web for cerumen

Historical Examples

  • Cerumen, se-rū′men, n. the yellow waxy matter secreted in the ear.

    Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 1 of 4: A-D)

    Various

  • From this I think that the cause of croup is simply the result of abnormality of the cerumen system.

  • Syringing with a large and strong syringe disengaged a large mass of cerumen, and hearing was immediately restored.

    The Young Mother

    William A. Alcott

  • It is lined by skin in its whole length, the sweat glands of which are modified to secrete the wax or cerumen.


British Dictionary definitions for cerumen

cerumen

noun
  1. the soft brownish-yellow wax secreted by glands in the auditory canal of the external earNontechnical name: earwax
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Derived Formsceruminous, adjective

Word Origin

C18: from New Latin, from Latin cēra wax + albumen
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Word Origin and History for cerumen

n.

"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."

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

cerumen in Medicine

cerumen

(sə-rōōmən)
n.
  1. The brownish yellow, waxy secretion of the ceruminous glands of the external auditory meatus; earwax.
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Related formsce•rumi•nal (-mə-nəl) null adj.
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