Ceruminous Glands

Ceruminous (seh-ROO-mih-nus) glands are found only in the external ear canal, where their secretion combines

32seb = fat, tallow + aceous = possessing

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with sebum and dead epidermal cells to form earwax, or cerumen.33 They are simple, coiled, tubular glands with ducts leading to the skin surface. Cerumen keeps the eardrum pliable, waterproofs the auditory canal, and has a bactericidal effect.

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