Vernix caseosa
A white cheesy substance that covers and protects the skin of the fetus and is still all over the skin of a baby at birth. Vernix caseosa is composed of sebum (the oil of the skin) and cells that have sloughed off the fetus' skin. "Vernix" is the Latin word for "varnish." The vernix varnishes the baby. "Caseosa" is "cheese" in Latin.

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vernix ca·se·o·sa -.kas-ē-'ō-sə n a pasty covering chiefly of dead cells and sebaceous secretions that protects the skin of the fetus

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the layer of greasy material which covers the skin of a fetus or newborn baby. It is produced by the oil-secreting glands of the skin and contains skin scales and fine hairs.

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[“cheesy varnish”] an unctuous substance composed of sebum and desquamated epithelial cells, which covers the skin of the fetus.

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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