Definition of lanugo in English:

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Pronunciation: /ləˈn(y)o͞oˌɡō/


Fine, soft hair, especially that which covers the body and limbs of a human fetus or newborn.
Example sentences
  • Their face and body are covered in soft hair called lanugo.
  • Nails and hair become brittle; the skin dries, yellows, and becomes covered with soft hair called lanugo.
  • Five months after conception, human fetuses grow a thin coat of hair, called lanugo, all over their bodies.


Late 17th century: from Latin, 'down', from lana 'wool'.

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Syllabification: la·nu·go

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