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cerumen Line breaks: ceru|men
Pronunciation: /sɪˈruːmən/

Definition of cerumen in English:


Technical term for earwax.
Example sentences
  • There are many precipitants of this infection, but the most common is excessive moisture that elevates the pH and removes the cerumen.
  • Excess cerumen in the external ear canal commonly causes hearing loss and vertigo, contributes to infection and obscures visualization of the tympanic membrane.
  • The only trend noted was a higher success rate if the cerumen was considered to be soft rather than hard or mixed.


Late 17th century: modern Latin, from Latin cera 'wax'.

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