Wax Definition - Chemistry Glossary

What Is a Wax in Chemistry?

Bees construct honeycombs from a natural wax they secrete.
Bees construct honeycombs from a natural wax they secrete. Micha Pawlitzki, Getty Images

Wax Definition: Wax is a lipid made up of a chain of alkanes or esters from alcohols and fatty acids.

Wax Examples: beeswax, paraffin