(in full vernix caseosa /ˌkeɪsɪˈəʊsə/)
A greasy deposit covering the skin of a baby at birth.
- The amniotic fluid may be discolored by blood from a previous amniocentesis, excess vernix, or meconium.
- We say all the birth words: ‘placenta, meconium, vernix, perineum, bilirubin.’
- Rather than amniotic fluid contributing to soft skin, according to Kelly, babies in the womb are protected by vernix.
Late 16th century: from medieval Latin, variant of veronix 'fragrant resin' (see varnish).
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