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n. - (British usage) kerosine; A series of non-aromatic saturated hydrocarbons with the general formula CnH(2n+2); From crude petroleum.

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  • You have seen boxes of hard, smooth, white candles with the name paraffin marked on the cover.
  • The next and the most important derivative is the petroleum oil, used for burning in paraffin-lamps.
  • Moreover, it was known that ligation of the ducts of the pancreas, or their injection by oil or paraffin, is not followed by diabetes.
  • QUESTION: How do you tell when the paraffin is the right temperature?
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