cerumen

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n cerumen a soft yellow wax secreted by glands in the ear canal
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Cerumen (Physiol) The yellow, waxlike secretion from the glands of the external ear; the earwax.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n cerumen Ear-wax; the wax-like substance secreted by numerous glands situated in the external meatus of the ear. It is a mixture mainly of fats and soaps, with some coloring matter. It acts as a lubricant, and by its peculiar bitterness is supposed to prevent the entrance of insects.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Cerumen se-rū′men the yellow waxy matter secreted in the ear
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL., fr. L. cera, wax
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. cera, wax.

Usage

In literature:

Woakes presented a paper on what he designated "ear-sneezing," due to the caking of cerumen in one ear.
"Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine" by George M. Gould
In respect to external ear trouble, impacted cerumen is usually found to result from water in the ear, or wax in the ear.
"The Deaf" by Harry Best
From this I think that the cause of croup is simply the result of abnormality of the cerumen system.
"Philosophy of Osteopathy" by Andrew T. Still
In the external auditory canal of the ear is produced the cerumen or ear-wax.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia" by Various
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In news:

A prospective study to evaluate the efficacy of isopropyl alcohol irrigations to prevent cerumen impaction.
Role of impacted cerumen in hearing loss.
Abstract We performed a study to determine if cerumen in the ear canal causes significant hearing loss and to ascertain if there is any correlation between the amount of cerumen and the degree of hearing loss.
A prospective study to evaluate the efficacy of isopropyl alcohol irrigations to prevent cerumen impaction .
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