earwax

noun

ear·​wax ˈir-ˌwaks How to pronounce earwax (audio)
: 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 Just like humans, pet's ears should be cleaned regularly for earwax buildup, hair growth and general dirt and grime. Olivia Munson, USA TODAY, 3 June 2024 The new ones have a better nozzle design that provides improved protection against clogging from earwax (sorry about that). Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 25 Feb. 2024 Factors that lead to hearing loss can include damage to the inner ear and the buildup of earwax overtime, the medical organization adds. Nicholas Rice, Peoplemag, 7 Jan. 2024 The shots from that doorbell camera are low-grade grainy and the audio sounds stuffed with earwax. Outdoor Life, 29 Nov. 2023 See all Example Sentences for earwax 

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of earwax was in the 14th century

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“Earwax.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/earwax. Accessed 25 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

earwax

noun
ear·​wax ˈi(ə)r-ˌwaks How to pronounce earwax (audio)
: a brownish yellow or orange waxlike substance produced by the glands of the external ear

Medical Definition

earwax

noun
ear·​wax ˈi(ə)r-ˌwaks How to pronounce earwax (audio)
: the yellow waxy secretion from the glands of the external ear

called also cerumen

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