paraffin wax

paraffin wax

Mixture of organic compounds traditionally derived from petroleum but also obtained synthetically. It usually consists of alkane hydrocarbons (also called paraffins) and is used for coating and sealing, for candles, and in floor waxes, lubricants, waterproofing agents, and cosmetics. See also alkane.

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