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vernix caseosa

[vur-niks key-see-oh-suh] /ˈvɜr nɪks ˌkeɪ siˈoʊ sə/
noun, Medicine/Medical.
the fatty matter, consisting chiefly of dead epidermal cells and sebaceous secretions, covering the skin of a fetus and newborn.
Origin of vernix caseosa
< New Latin: cheeselike varnish Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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vernix-caseosa in Medicine

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

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