Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The yellowish, waxlike secretion of certain glands lining the canal of the external ear.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Cerumen.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Anat.) See cerumen.

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  • noun A waxy substance secreted by the ear.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a soft yellow wax secreted by glands in the ear canal

Etymologies

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Examples

  • * Linguistic aside: in German, earwax is called "Ohrenschmalz" which literally translates into "ear-lard" - giving a much better idea about the consistency of the stuff.

    Book talk - Mary C. Beaudry: Findings

  • * Linguistic aside: in German, earwax is called "Ohrenschmalz" which literally translates into "ear-lard" - giving a much better idea about the consistency of the stuff.

    Archive 2009-10-01

  • The January issue of Nature Genetics reports on the identification of a gene that determines whether your earwax is dry or wet; people of African and European ancestry have predominantly wet earwax.

    Boing Boing: January 29, 2006 - February 4, 2006 Archives

  • Excess earwax is pushed naturally to the opening of the ear canal, where it is washed away, pushed out as the cerumen glands secrete more wax and also by epithelial migration as your skin goes through its replacement cycle.

    Boing Boing: March 26, 2006 - April 1, 2006 Archives

  • This is "Important": The American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery Foundation (AAO-HNSF) will issue the first comprehensive clinical guidelines to help health care practitioners identify patients with cerumen (commonly referred to as earwax) impaction.

    Archive 2008-09-01

  • This is "Important": The American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery Foundation (AAO-HNSF) will issue the first comprehensive clinical guidelines to help health care practitioners identify patients with cerumen (commonly referred to as earwax) impaction.

    Guidelines Gone Wild

  • The American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery Foundation (AAO-HNSF) will issue the first comprehensive clinical guidelines to help health care practitioners identify patients with cerumen (commonly referred to as earwax) impaction ...

    Health News from Medical News Today

  • The American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery Foundation (AAO-HNSF) will issue the first comprehensive clinical guidelines to help health care practitioners identify patients with cerumen (commonly referred to as earwax) impaction ...

    Medlogs - Recent stories

  • The American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery Foundation (AAO-HNSF) will issue the first comprehensive clinical guidelines to help health care practitioners identify patients with cerumen (commonly referred to as earwax) impaction ...

    Health News from Medical News Today

  • The American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery Foundation (AAO-HNSF) will issue the first comprehensive clinical guidelines to help health care practitioners identify patients with cerumen (commonly referred to as earwax) impaction ...

    Health News from Medical News Today

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  • See cerumen.

    April 6, 2008