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  1. paraffin, paraffin wax(noun)

    from crude petroleum; used for candles and for preservative or waterproof coatings

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  1. paraffin wax(Noun)

    A waxy white solid hydrocarbon mixture used to make candles, wax paper, lubricants, and sealing materials.

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  1. Paraffin wax

    Paraffin wax refers to a white or colourless soft solid that is used as a lubricant and for other applications. It is derived from petroleum and consists of a mixture of hydrocarbon molecules containing between twenty and forty carbon atoms. It is solid at room temperature and begins to melt above approximately 37 °C; its boiling point is >370 deg C. In chemistry, paraffin is used synonymously with "alkane", indicating hydrocarbons with the general formula CnH2n+2. The name is derived from Latin parum + affinis, meaning "lacking affinity" or "lacking reactivity" indicating paraffin's unreactive nature.

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