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[New Latin, from Latin cēra, wax; see cerate.]

ce·ru′mi·nous (-mə-nəs) adj.
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Adj.1.ceruminous - relating to or secreting cerumen
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2) Possible origins of adenocarcinomas of the external auditory meatus in people include ceruminous or sebaceous glands, direct invasion from the parotid gland, or distant metastasis from other glandular tissues.
The findings included purulent (4 ears) and ceruminous (3 ears) secretions in external ear canal that were not abundant grossly, ulceration of external ear canal in 3 ears and excessive hair in external ear canal (4 ears).
Other primary histological types of neoplasms arising in this area include adenocarcinoma, adenoid cystic carcinoma, mucoepidermoid carcinoma, basal cell carcinoma, ceruminous carcinoma, and rhabdomyosarcoma.
1-3) Ceruminous glands are modified apocrine glands of the external auditory meatus; they rarely give rise to malignant change.
Comparison of 4 fixation and staining methods for the cytologic evaluation of ear canals with clinical evidence of ceruminous otitis externa.
At this time, the tumor was diagnosed as a primary adenoid cystic carcinoma of the ceruminous glands.
3-6) Cerumen is a mixture of dead epithelial cells and hair combined with secretions of the sebaceous and ceruminous (apocrine) glands in the outer two-thirds of the external auditory canal (EAC).
The affected dogs were typically presented with swelling and erythema of epithelial tissue of ear canal, increased discharge from ceruminous glands head shaking and behaviour suggesting of otic pain and pruritus (Gottlehf, 2000).
KEYMESSAGES: Ceruminous adenomas are rare benign glandular tumor of external auditory canal of ceruminous gland origin.
Ceruminous adenoma, also called ceruminoma, ceruminal adenorna, apocrine adenoma, or even cylindroma in the past (the latter three terms are discouraged) is a benign glandular neoplasm of ceruminous glands (modified apocrine sweat glands) that arises solely from the external auditory canal.
Distribution of sebaceous and ceruminous glandular tissue was similar to that in normal ears in case of otitis externa, but glands become larger and hyperplastic.