vernix caseosa

vernix caseosa

[vur-niks key-see-oh-suh]
noun Medicine/Medical.
the fatty matter, consisting chiefly of dead epidermal cells and sebaceous secretions, covering the skin of a fetus and newborn.

Origin:
< Neo-Latin: cheeselike varnish

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vernix caseosa ver·nix ca·se·o·sa (vûr'nĭks kā'sē-ō'sə)
n.
The substance consisting of desquamated epithelial cells and sebaceous matter that covers the skin of the fetus.

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