earwax

noun
ear·​wax | \ ˈir-ˌwaks How to pronounce earwax (audio) \

Definition of earwax

: the yellow waxy secretion from the glands of the external ear

called also cerumen

Examples of earwax in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Other sources, including plugs of whale earwax (which record environmental conditions, such as pollutants, like rings of a tree stump), provide lengthy records from the course of a whale’s lifetime. Jack Tamisiea, Scientific American, 8 Dec. 2021 Manufactures over-the-counter ear and nose care products for needs including earwax blockage and nasal irritation. Ann Gehan, Dallas News, 2 Sep. 2021 Mineral or baby oil will soften the earwax, Dr. Ren says. Madeleine Burry, Health.com, 14 Sep. 2021 There's nothing grosser than pulling out your earbuds to share with a friend, only to realize there's nasty earwax lodged inside. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, 1 Dec. 2020 Family Feud host Steve Harvey was grossed out by a recent prompt about earwax on the show. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, 25 Nov. 2020 The 3% product sold at grocery stores and drugstores can be poured on cuts and scrapes and be used to clean out earwax. Howard Garrett, Dallas News, 17 Aug. 2020 After 1960, Jillian Sackler said, Arthur played only a passive role in the company, which made prosaic treatments such as laxatives, earwax remover and topical disinfectant. Washington Post, 27 Nov. 2019 Alright, there is pretty much nothing more mortifying (or gross) than pulling out your earbuds to share with a friend, only to realize that there's nasty earwax lodged inside. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, 4 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of earwax

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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15 Dec 2021

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More Definitions for earwax

earwax

noun

English Language Learners Definition of earwax

: a waxlike substance produced inside the ear

earwax

noun
ear·​wax | \ ˈir-ˌwaks How to pronounce earwax (audio) \

Kids Definition of earwax

: a yellowish brown waxy substance made by glands in the canal of the outer part of the ear

earwax

noun
ear·​wax | \ ˈi(ə)r-ˌwaks How to pronounce earwax (audio) \

Medical Definition of earwax

: the yellow waxy secretion from the glands of the external ear

called also cerumen

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