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earwax

[eer-waks]
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noun
  1. a yellowish, waxlike secretion from certain glands in the external auditory canal; cerumen.
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Origin of earwax

First recorded in 1350–1400, earwax is from the Middle English word erewax. See ear1, wax1
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Historical Examples

  • Saliva, tears, nostrils, and earwax; the great weakness and pain in the body reminds me of cerebro-spinal meningitis.

    New, Old, and Forgotten Remedies: Papers by Many Writers

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  • Earwax, which had been very dry, now flows from both ears, but is more free on the left side.


British Dictionary definitions for earwax

earwax

noun
  1. the nontechnical name for cerumen
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Word Origin and History for earwax

n.

late 14c., from ear (n.1) + wax (n.).

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earwax in Medicine

earwax

(îrwăks′)
n.
  1. A waxlike secretion of certain glands lining the canal of the external ear; cerumen.
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