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vernix caseosa

[ vur-niks -key-see-oh-suh ]
/ ˈvɜr nɪks ˌkeɪ siˈoʊ sə /
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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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How to use vernix caseosa in a sentence

  • The lacquer-tree—the Rhus vernix—which is used in the well-known lacquer work, is a handsome tree.

    In the Eastern Seas|W.H.G. Kingston
  • Poison sumach (Rhus vernix) is not the same as poisonwood, though sometimes the two are confounded.

    American Forest Trees|Henry H. Gibson

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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