[ luh-noo-goh, -nyoo- ]
/ ləˈnu goʊ, -ˈnyu- /
noun, plural la·nu·gos. Biology.
a coat of delicate, downy hairs, especially that with which the human fetus or a newborn infant is covered.
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Origin of lanugo
1670–80; < Latin lānūgō wooliness, down, derivative of lāna wool
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British Dictionary definitions for lanugo
/ (ləˈnjuːɡəʊ) /
noun plural -gos
a layer of fine hairs, esp the covering of the human fetus before birth
Derived forms of lanugolanuginous (ləˈnjuːdʒɪnəs) or lanuginose, adjectivelanuginousness, noun
Word Origin for lanugo
C17: from Latin: down, from lāna wool
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Medical definitions for lanugo
[ lə-nōō′gō, ]
n. pl. la•nu•gos
The fine, soft hair that grows on a fetus and is present on a newborn.lanugo hair
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Scientific definitions for lanugo
[ lə-nōō′gō ]
A covering of fine, soft hair or hairlike structures, as on a leaf, insect, or human fetus.
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