Definition of vernix in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈvərniks/


(in full vernix caseosa /ˌkāsēˈōsə/)
A greasy deposit covering the skin of a baby at birth.
Example sentences
  • 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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Syllabification: ver·nix

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