earwax

noun ear·wax \ ˈir-ˌwaks \

Definition of earwax

: the yellow waxy secretion from the glands of the external ear called also cerumen

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First Known Use of earwax

14th century

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EARWAX Defined for English Language Learners

earwax

Definition of earwax for English Language Learners

  • : a waxlike substance produced inside the ear


EARWAX Defined for Kids

earwax

noun ear·wax \ ˈir-ˌwaks \

Definition of earwax for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

earwax

noun ear·wax \ ˈi(ə)r-ˌwaks \

medical Definition of earwax

: the yellow waxy secretion from the glands of the external ear called also cerumen


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