Origin of meconium
Examples from the Web for meconium
The meconium is more abundant, and lower down in the intestines.
It is found in the esophagus and stomach, and forms the meconium.Zoonomia, Vol. I|Erasmus Darwin
The bones are tolerably firm, and the meconium collects in the large intestines.
Meconium: the substance excreted by certain metabolic insects soon after their emergence from the chrysalis or pupa.Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology|John. B. Smith
In the bowels of children at the time of their birth, there is an accumulation of what is called "the meconium."Mrs. Hale's Receipts for the Million|Sarah Josepha Hale
British Dictionary definitions for meconium
Word Origin for meconium
Word Origin and History for meconium
"fecal discharge from a newborn infant," 1706, from Latin meconium "excrement of a newborn child," literally "poppy juice," from Greek mekonion "poppy-juice, opium," diminutive of mekon "poppy" (perhaps cognate with Old Church Slavonic maku, German Mohn "poppy"). So called by classical physicians for its resemblance. Related: Meconial.