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Latin paraffinum, from parum (too little) + affinis (related, affinity). Therefore low affinity or being chemically neutral

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paraffin (countable and uncountable, plural paraffins)

  1. (Britain) A petroleum-based thin and colorless fuel oil
    Synonym: kerosene
  2. (chemistry) Any member of the alkane hydrocarbons.
  3. Paraffin wax.

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paraffin (third-person singular simple present paraffins, present participle paraffining, simple past and past participle paraffined)

  1. To impregnate or treat with paraffin.
  2. To embed in paraffin wax.

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