class of chemical compounds that are plastic (malleable) near ambient temperatures

Wax is an organic chemical substance. It is a type of lipid. Waxes have the following properties:

  • They are soft, and easy to shape at room temperature
  • Their melting point is above 45 °C
  • They cannot be dissolved in water
  • They are hydrophobic, repelling and repelled by water.

Some waxes, like beeswax, vegetable wax, and paraffin (a petroleum wax) occur naturally. Another such wax is earwax, which occurs in the ear. Other waxes may be manufactured. People use waxes for various purposes: