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noun par·af·fin \ˈpar-ə-fən\

Medical Definition of PARAFFIN

a :  a waxy crystalline flammable substance obtained especially from distillates of wood, coal, petroleum, or shale oil that is a complex mixture of hydrocarbons and is used chiefly in coating and sealing, in candles, in rubber compounding, and in pharmaceuticals and cosmetics b :  any of various mixtures of similar hydrocarbons including mixtures that are semisolid or oily
:  alkane
par·af·fin·ic \ˌpar-ə-ˈfin-ik\ adjective
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