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.

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Origin of vernix caseosa

<New Latin: cheeselike varnish
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Medical definitions for vernix caseosa

vernix caseosa
[ vûrnĭks kā′sē-ōsə ]

n.

The substance consisting of desquamated epithelial cells and sebaceous matter that covers the skin of the fetus.
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