American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A covering of fine, soft hair, as on a leaf, an insect, or a newborn child.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In anatomy, the coat of delicate downy hairs with which the human fetus is covered for some time before birth. This fetal covering is deciduous, being shed in the womb or soon after birth. Most of the hairs are extremely minute, hut they can be detected by the microscope in the liquor amnii if not on the body of the child.
- n. In botany and zoology, the cottony or woolly growth on the surface of some leaves, fruits, insects, etc.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Anat.) The soft woolly hair which covers most parts of the mammal fetus, and in man is shed before or soon after birth.
- n. the fine downy hair covering a human fetus; normally shed during the ninth month of gestation
- Latin lana ("wool") (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, pith, from Latin lānūgō, down, from lāna, wool. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Both boys were limp, wrinkly and covered with fine black hair, known as lanugo, which all fetuses develop but shed at around 33 weeks of gestation.”
“Fine, downy hair called lanugo develops on her arms, legs, and back.”
“Five months after conception, human fetuses grow a thin coat of hair, called lanugo, all over their bodies.”
“The human embryo possesses a complete coat of hair, called the lanugo, which usually disappears before birth.”
“This covering, which is called the lanugo, and sometimes extends even to the whole forehead, ears, and face, is shed before birth.”
“Also, it: is more active, and the mother might begin feeling movement is covered in fine, downy hair called lanugo and a waxy coating called vernix which protects the baby's skin forming underneath. has eyebrows, eyelashes, fingernails, and toenails can hear and swallow”
“The hair on her head grows, the lanugo on her body almost disappears, and fat is deposited under her skin.”
““Postmature babies” at birth have an absence of lanugo, scant vernix caseosa; long fingernails and toenails; and dry, peeling, or cracked skin.”
“He thinks this is important for evolution because sometimes evolutionists say Y lanugo, shared errors in pseudogenes, etc. can “only” be explained by common ancestry.”
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