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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.
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.
Etymology: Gk, resin; L, caseus, cheese
a grayish-white cheeselike substance, consisting of sebaceous gland secretions, lanugo, and desquamated epithelial cells, that covers the skin of the fetus and newborn. It acts as a protective agent during intrauterine life and is thought to have an insulating effect against heat loss.
vernix caseosaNeonatology 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
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.
the unctuous substance composed of sebum and desquamated epithelial cells, covering the skin of the fetus.