Definitions for vernix caseosa
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vernix, vernix caseosa(noun)
a white cheeselike protective material that covers the skin of a fetus
the waxy or "cheesy" white substance found coating the skin of newborn humans
Origin: From vernix + caseosa
Vernix caseosa, also known as vernix, is the waxy or cheese-like white substance found coating the skin of newborn human babies.
U.S. National Library of Medicine
An unctuous substance composed of sebum and desquamated epithelial cells, which covers the skin of the fetus.
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