WAXES are fatty acids joined to
alcohols found in a variety of plants and animals. Two sources of waxes are
eyebright and broom tops. Waxes are used in cosmetic and pharmaceutical
lotions, creams, and ointments. Waxes do no evaporate easily due to their high
WELL ADJUSTED: One who makes the same
mistake twice without getting nervous.
WILL: A dead giveaway.
X CHROMOSOME: A genetic double-cross
that empowers women with the ability to bear children and reserves for men the
right to be color-blind hemophiliacs.
XANTHONES comprise a group of
compounds found in dill, gentian, and henna, one of which is swertianin. Some
xanthones may have antituberculous activities.
XYLOSE is a sugar found in agar-agar,
alfalfa, aloe vera, bromelain, carob, chicle, myrrh, and psyllium seed. It is
used as a diagnostic aid in detecting intestinal malabsorption.
YEAST is a general term for
microorganisms, including single-celled, usually round fungi which reproduce by
budding. Some yeast transform to a mycelial stage; others remain singe-celled.