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Introduction: Waxes

Description of Waxes

Waxes: A plastic substance deposited by insects or obtained from plants. Waxes are esters of various fatty acids with higher, usually monohydric alcohols. The wax of pharmacy is principally yellow wax (beeswax), the material of which honeycomb is made. It consists chiefly of cerotic acid and myricin and is used in making ointments, cerates, etc. (Dorland, 27th ed).
Source: MeSH 2007

Hierarchical classifications of Waxes

The following list attempts to classify Waxes into categories where each line is subset of the next.

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