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lanugo

[ luh-noo-goh, -nyoo- ]
/ ləˈnu goʊ, -ˈnyu- /
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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.

RELATED WORDS

lint, down, fiber, fur, hair, nap, pile, floss

Nearby words

lanthanum, lanthorn, lantsang, lanuginose, lanuginous, lanugo, lanyard, lanza, lanzarote, lanzhou, lanús

Origin of lanugo

1670–80; < Latin lānūgō wooliness, down, derivative of lāna wool
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Examples from the Web for lanugo

  • Man comes into the world covered almost entirely with lanugo or short fine hair.

    The Races of Man|Joseph Deniker
  • I have included the down on the human body and the lanugo on the foetus as a rudimentary representation of a hairy coat.

British Dictionary definitions for lanugo

lanugo

/ (ləˈnjuːɡəʊ) /

noun plural -gos

a layer of fine hairs, esp the covering of the human fetus before birth
Derived Formslanuginous (ləˈnjuːdʒɪnəs) or lanuginose, adjectivelanuginousness, noun

Word Origin for lanugo

C17: from Latin: down, from lāna wool
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Medicine definitions for lanugo

lanugo

[ lə-nōōgō, ]

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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Science definitions for lanugo

lanugo

[ lə-nōōgō ]

A covering of fine, soft hair or hairlike structures, as on a leaf, insect, or human fetus.
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