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vernix caseosa

[vur-niks key-see-oh-suh]
noun Medicine/Medical.
  1. 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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vernix caseosa in Medicine

vernix caseosa

(vûrnĭks kā′sē-ōsə)
  1. The substance consisting of desquamated epithelial cells and sebaceous matter that covers the skin of the fetus.
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