What is WAX

Traditionally, wax is a substance secreted by bees and used in constructing their honeycombs. The term has come to refer more generally to a class of substances with properties similar to beeswax, enumerated below:

  • Plastic (malleable) at normal ambient temperatures
  • A melting point above approximately 45 °C (113 °F) (which differentiates waxes from fats and oils)
  • A relatively low viscosity when melted (unlike many plastics)
  • Insoluble in water
  • Hydrophobic

Waxes may be natural secretions of plants or animals, artificially produced by purification from natural petroleum or completely synthetic. In addition to beeswax, carnauba (a plant epicuticular wax) and paraffin (a petroleum wax) are commonly encountered waxes which occur naturally. Some artificial materials such as silicone wax that exhibit similar properties are also described as wax or waxy.

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