American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A dark green fecal material that accumulates in the fetal intestines and is discharged at or near the time of birth.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Poppy-juice.
- n. The feces of a new-born infant.
- n. In entomology, the feces of an adult insect just transformed from the pupa.
- n. medicine A dark green mass, the contents of the fetal intestines during the later stages of mammalian gestation, that forms the first faeces of the newborn
- n. obsolete opium
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. obsolete Opium.
- n. The contents of the fetal intestine; hence, first excrement.
- n. thick dark green mucoid material that is the first feces of a newborn child
- From Latin mēcōnium ("opium; excrement of a newborn child"), from Ancient Greek μηκώνιον ("poppy-juice, opium"), from μήκων ("poppy"). (Wiktionary)
- Latin mēcōnium, poppy juice, from Greek mēkōnion, from mēkōn, poppy. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Sometimes the meconium can become impacted within the rectum or small colon of foals -- thus, the term meconium impaction.”
“However, newborn infants produce this stuff called meconium which is like fecal tar.”
“The belief is that suctioning prevents the baby from inhaling meconium, thereby preventing breathing problems or a rare type of pneumonia called meconium aspiration syndrome.”
“Fetal defecation isn't normal, but fetuses do accumulate a mass of greenish feces, called meconium, in their intestines.”
“Fetuses take amniotic fluid into their lungs, and in a minority of MSAF cases, passed meconium enters the airway before birth and afterward leads to respiratory symptoms collectively called meconium aspiration syndrome MAS.”
“This blackish mixture, called meconium, will become her first bowel movement.”
“This is called meconium and is a sign that the baby has passed his or her first stool (bowel movement).”
“Also, babies do NOT have a bowel movement (meconium) in utero unless baby is in distress, known as meconium aspiration syndrome.”
“a little later, but in all cases during the first day; and this excrement is unduly copious in comparison with the size of the child; it is what the midwives call the meconium or”
“Researchers will also take biological samples from mothers -- and from newborns from birth through two years of age -- including blood, saliva, breast milk, urine, umbilical cord and placental material and "meconium," a baby's first stool, in which toxins may have accumulated over time.”
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