Paraffin (synonym ceresin) - a mixture of solid saturated hydrocarbon series, obtained in the processing of oil and shale oil. Pure paraffin - white translucent mass of crystal structure, without a smell and taste, slightly oily to the touch. Not soluble in water and alcohol, easily soluble in ether, chloroform, gasoline, fatty and essential oils; temperature melting 42-54 degrees. In medicine it is used for preparation of some of the ointments and paraffin treatment (see). Purified paraffin spread in histological techniques. Liquid P. - same as liquid paraffin (see).