Definition of Carnauba wax

1. Noun. Hard yellowish to brownish wax from leaves of the carnauba palm used especially in floor waxes and polishes.

Exact synonyms: Carnauba
Substance meronyms: Carnauba, Carnauba Palm, Copernicia Cerifera, Copernicia Prunifera, Wax Palm
Generic synonyms: Wax

Definition of Carnauba wax

1. Noun. A yellow-brown wax obtained from the leaves of the Brazilian carnauba palm (''Copernicia prunifera''); used in cosmetics, polishes etc. ¹

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Medical Definition of Carnauba wax

1. A wax obtained from the Brazilian wax palm, Copernica cerifera; used in pharmaceuticals to coat medicaments in sustained release preparations and surfaces of tablets; used in waxes for wood and metal. Synonym: Brazil wax, palm wax. (05 Mar 2000)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Carnauba Wax

carnation family
carnauba palm
carnauba wax (current term)
carneous degeneration
carneous mole
carney syndrome

Literary usage of Carnauba wax

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1. Treatise on Applied Analytical Chemistry by Vittorio Villavecchia (1918)
"Detection of carnauba wax.- — This is often added in small proportion to paraffin wax to raise its melting point. Indications of its presence are given by ..."

2. The Medical and Surgical Reporter (1898)
"Only the carnauba wax melts in boiling water ; colophony becomes pasty therein, while dammar, shellac, elemi, and mastic agglutinate. ..."

3. Proceedings of the American Pharmaceutical Association at the Annual Meeting by American Pharmaceutical Association, National Pharmaceutical Convention, American Pharmaceutical Association Meeting (1894)
"The melting point of beeswax varies from 62-64° C., it is raised by adding carnauba wax, stearic acid, certain mineral waxes and paraffins. ..."

4. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and General by Thomas Spencer Baynes (1890)
"carnauba wax is an exudation on the surface of the growing leaves of the carnauba palm ... and its melting-point ranges from 85° to 90* C. carnauba wax is a ..."

5. A Practical Treatise on Animal and Vegetable Fats and Oils: Comprising Both by William Theodore Brannt, Karl Schaedler (1896)
"Such a mixture consists of water 10 quarts, sodium carbonate 2l/1 Ibs., carnauba wax $l/2 Ibs. Carnauba varnishes are obtained, ..."

6. Commercial Organic Analysis by Alfred Henry Allen, Wm. A. Davis (1910)
"The constants of carnauba wax have recently been redetermined by Radcliffe.2 A sample of Ceara wax melting at 84°, was used for the experiments; ..."

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