More formally known as vernix caseosa, the vernix is 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 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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SYN: varnish (dental). [Mod. L.]
- v. caseosa the fatty substance, consisting of desquamated epithelial cells, lanugo hairs, and sebaceous matter, which covers the skin of the fetus.

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ver·nix 'vər-niks n VERNIX CASEOSA

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ver·nix (vurґniks) [L. “sandarac” (resin), from Gr. Berenikē (now Benghazi) where first made] varnish.

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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  • Vernix — País …   Wikipedia Español

  • vernix ca|se|o|sa — «KAY see OH suh», = vernix. (Cf. ↑vernix) …   Useful english dictionary

  • Vernix — (fr. Vernis), Firniß. V. caseosa, das Kindspech, Kindesschleim …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • vérnix — unto sebáceo de la piel del feto Diccionario ilustrado de Términos Médicos.. Alvaro Galiano. 2010 …   Diccionario médico

  • Vernix — Cet article concerne la commune de Vernix. Pour Vernix caseosa (substance cireuse), voir Vernix caseosa. 48° 42′ 59″ N 1 …   Wikipédia en Français

  • vernix — ver·nix (vûrʹnĭks) n. A waxy white protective substance covering the skin of a fetus.   [Short for vernix caseosa.] * * * …   Universalium

  • vernix — noun vernix caseosa …   Wiktionary

  • vernix — n. vernix caseosa, fatty substance that covers the skin of a fetus …   English contemporary dictionary

  • vernix — /ˈvɜnɪks/ (say verniks) noun a greasy substance protecting the skin of a foetus. {New Latin vernix (caseosa), literally, cheesy varnish} …   Australian-English dictionary

  • vernix — noun a white cheeselike protective material that covers the skin of a fetus • Syn: ↑vernix caseosa • Hypernyms: ↑material, ↑stuff …   Useful english dictionary

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