(in full vernix caseosa /ˌkeɪsɪˈəʊsə/)
A greasy deposit covering the skin of a baby at birth.
More 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).
Definition of vernix in:
- The US English dictionary