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WAX, a solid fatty substance of animal and vegetable origin, allied to the fixed oils and fats. From these it is distinguished by the fact that while oils and fats are glycerides, a true wax contains no glycerin, but is a combination of fatty acids with certain solid monatomic alcohols (see OILS).

Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)

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