Origin of cerumen
1735–45; < New Latin, equivalent to Latin cēr(a) wax + (alb)umen albumen
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- the soft brownish-yellow wax secreted by glands in the auditory canal of the external earNontechnical name: earwax
Word Origin for cerumen
C18: from New Latin, from Latin cēra wax + albumen
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Word Origin and History for ceruminous
"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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- The brownish yellow, waxy secretion of the ceruminous glands of the external auditory meatus; earwax.
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