Definition of cerumen in English:



  • technical term for earwax
    • ‘If the cerumen is difficult to remove, a ceruminolytic agent such as Cerumenex or even a simple 4 percent baking soda solution should be used in the office to soften the cerumen first to avoid traumatizing the external auditory canal.’
    • ‘In these cases, the external auditory canal lacks cerumen and is lined by dry, hypertrophic skin with variable swelling and stenosis.’
    • ‘The glands that produce ear ‘wax’ or cerumen are located in the external auditory meatus.’
    • ‘Excess cerumen in the external ear canal commonly causes hearing loss and vertigo, contributes to infection and obscures visualization of the tympanic membrane.’
    • ‘Crying (and most young children cry when their ears are examined), removal of cerumen with associated irritation of the auditory canal and fever can all cause redness of the eardrum in the absence of middle ear infection.’
    • ‘Good otoscopic illumination, cerumen removal and attention to the position and mobility of the tympanic membrane (rather than only to the color) are important for an accurate diagnosis.’
    • ‘The most common causes of hearing loss are aging, viral infection, exposure to loud sounds and impacted cerumen or ear wax.’
    • ‘I do not use the docusate calcium solution for anything but removing cerumen.’
    • ‘An otoscope should be used to examine the external auditory canal for cerumen, foreign bodies, and abnormalities of the canal skin.’
    • ‘We once again reviewed methods of preventing cerumen build-up.’
    • ‘Cerumen removal is essential for visualization of the tympanic membrane, and some type of curette should be used to remove cerumen.’
    • ‘Psychiatric disorders, motion sickness, serous otitis media, cerumen impaction, herpes zoster, and seizure disorders also can present with dizziness.’
    • ‘There are many precipitants of this infection, but the most common is excessive moisture that elevates the pH and removes the cerumen.’
    • ‘Earwax, or cerumen, consists of saturated, long-chain fatty acids and is presumably high in energy.’
    • ‘Patients were excluded if their auditory canals were obstructed with cerumen or if they had contraindications to rectal or ear temperatures.’
    • ‘Predisposing conditions include lack of cerumen, which is antimicrobial, and active removal of cerumen that causes breaks in the skin and exposure to water, which macerates the skin and raises pH allowing growth of pathogens.’
    • ‘The only trend noted was a higher success rate if the cerumen was considered to be soft rather than hard or mixed.’
    • ‘Diabetes mellitus is also associated with impaired polymorphonuclear cell function and a higher pH of cerumen in the aural canal.’
    • ‘Exostoses and osteomas are benign bony growths of the external auditory canal that interfere with normal cerumen migration, leading to occlusion and conductive hearing loss.’
    • ‘This is particularly important for patients with unusually viscous cerumen, a narrowed external auditory canal or systemic allergies, especially in those who are immunosuppressed.’


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