Encyclopedic Dictionary of Polymers

2011 Edition
| Editors: Jan W. Gooch

Wax

  • Jan W. Gooch
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-6247-8_12736

\waks\ n [ME, fr. OE weax; akin to OHGr wax, Lithuanian vaškas] (before 12c) Any of various unctuous, viscous or solid heat-sensitive substances, consisting essentially of high molecular weight hydrocarbons or esters of fatty acids (C16 to C30), characteristically insoluble in water but soluble in most organic solvents.

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  • Jan W. Gooch
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  1. 1.AtlantaUSA