- 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
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vernix caseosa(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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