vernix caseosa

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 [ver´niks] (L.)
vernix caseo´sa the thick white substance composed of sebum and desquamated epithelial cells that provides a protective covering for the skin of the fetus. In the full-term newborn, during the first two or three days of life there is a small amount of vernix caseosa in body creases and the hair.
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ver·nix ca·se·o·'sa

the fatty cheesy substance, consisting of desquamated epithelial cells, lanugo downy (hairs), and sebaceous matter, which covers the skin of the fetus forming a waterproof cover that helps to resist maceration of the fetus by amniotic fluid.
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vernix caseosa

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vernix caseosa

Neonatology A white fatty goo composed of squames, lanugo, and sebaceous secretions, which covers and protects neonatal skin; the closer to term the infant, the less the VC; post-term infants have very little VC
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ver·nix ca·se·o·sa

(vĕr'niks kā'sē-ō'să)
The fatty cheesy substance, consisting of desquamated epithelial cells, lanugo (downy hairs), and sebaceous matter, which covers the skin of the fetus and provides a waterproof protective cover.
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The next challenge influencing successful implementation of UNHS in the current study was vernix caseosa, a physiological substance produced by the fetus in utero.
[24] recommend that in order for more neonates to be assessed, and for confounding factors such as the presence of vernix caseosa to be minimised, screening should take place on day 3 of life, at the midwife outpatient unit.
Since little is known about the vernix caseosa, it is important to educate mothers about the benefits of it.
Harmful cord practices10, vigorous application of mustard oil to the skin of the newborn12, use of a pacifier13, removal of vernix caseosa at the time of birth14, application of surma15, powder sprinkling16, laying of baby17, and giving water to the baby10 are some of the other harmful or potentially harmful practices found in the present study.
Amniotic fluid embolism syndrome is that amniotic fluid that contains a complex mixture of maternal extracellular fluid, foetal urine, foetal squamous cells, lanugo hair, vernix caseosa, mucus, meconium, foetal antigens and potent vasoactive components such as thromboplastin, plasmin activator, vasoconstrictor endothelin, platelet activating factor, prostaglandin F2[infinity] (a potent pulmonary vasoconstrictor) and endogenous mediators like histamine, bradykinin, endothelin, leukotriene and arachidonic acid metabolites.
The vernix caseosa is a thin fatty layer which starts developing on the fetal skin from the 28th week of gestation, changing the conductivity in the maternal volume conductor.
The ingredients of this cream was discovered through the Dutch researchers unraveling the ingredients of the protective film called Vernix caseosa (VC) that covers the foetus and newborn babies, helping skin growth before and after birth.
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Meconium, the dark green viscous first stool of a newborn, is a collection of debris consisting of desquamated cells of the alimentary tract and skin, lanugo, fatty material from the vernix caseosa, amniotic fluid, and various intestinal secretions.