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.

Origin of vernix caseosa

< New Latin: cheeselike varnish Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Medicine definitions for vernix caseosa

vernix caseosa

[ vûrnĭks kā′sē-ōsə ]


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