vernix caseosa

[vur-niks key-see-oh-suh]

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

vernix caseosa in Medicine

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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