Origin of cerumen
1735–45; < New Latin, equivalent to Latin cēr(a) wax + (alb)umen albumen
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Examples from the Web for cerumen
Cerumen, se-rū′men, n. the yellow waxy matter secreted in the ear.
From this I think that the cause of croup is simply the result of abnormality of the cerumen system.Philosophy of Osteopathy
Andrew T. Still
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.
- the soft brownish-yellow wax secreted by glands in the auditory canal of the external earNontechnical name: earwax
C18: from New Latin, from Latin cēra wax + albumen
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Word Origin and History for cerumen
"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."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- The brownish yellow, waxy secretion of the ceruminous glands of the external auditory meatus; earwax.
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