earwax

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n earwax a soft yellow wax secreted by glands in the ear canal
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Earwax (Anat) See Cerumen.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n earwax Cerumen.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Earwax a waxy substance secreted by the glands of the ear
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. éare; cf. L. auris, Ger. ohr.

Usage

In literature:

Earwax, which had been very dry, now flows from both ears, but is more free on the left side.
"New, Old, and Forgotten Remedies: Papers by Many Writers" by Various
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In news:

Comprehensive overview covers treatment, self-care for this common problem, including earwax removal.
The good, the bad and the 'Ewww' of earwax removal.
Earwax Takes Cares Of Itself.
I've always used a cotton-tipped swab to clean earwax out of my ears.
Getting a sample of whale earwax for academic research takes a lot more than a giant Q-tip.
Some woodworkers use a car key, but most guys rely on a little finger to dig out the excess earwax.
Years and years ago, my Aunt Mary told me that grown-ups usually don't going on certain carnival rides once their earwax has hardened.
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In science:

We also find a SNP (rs6500380) located in a region associated with earwax type (i.e. wet or dry) which has been sub ject to a selective sweep in East Asian populations (Ohashi et al., 2011).
Robust identification of local adaptation from allele frequencies
Tsuchiya, 2011 The impact of natural selection on an ABCC11 SNP determining earwax type.
Robust identification of local adaptation from allele frequencies
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