[ si-roo-muh n ]
/ sɪˈru mən /


Origin of cerumen

1735–45; < New Latin, equivalent to Latin cēr(a) wax + (alb)umen albumen

Related forms

ce·ru·mi·nous, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for cerumen


/ (sɪˈruːmɛn) /


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

Derived Forms

ceruminous, adjective

Word Origin for cerumen

C18: from New Latin, from Latin cēra wax + albumen
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Medicine definitions for cerumen


[ sə-rōōmən ]


The brownish yellow, waxy secretion of the ceruminous glands of the external auditory meatus; earwax.

Related forms

ce•rumi•nal (-mə-nəl) null adj.
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