white wax


white wax
white wax n bleached yellow wax used esp. in cosmetics, ointments, and cerates called also beeswax, cera alba

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[NF] the bleached, purified wax from the honeycomb of the bee, Apis mellifera, used as a stiffening agent in pharmaceutical preparations.

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