from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A waxy white protective substance covering the skin of a fetus.
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- n. Vernix caseosa; a fatty deposit covering the skin of newborn babies.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In medicine, used in the phrase vernix caseosa, a fatty matter covering the skin of the fetus.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a white cheeselike protective material that covers the skin of a fetus
Her skin is wrinkled and covered with a creamy protective coating called vernix caseosa.
Cheesy material — called vernix caseosa — covers the body, providing a protective dressing for the skin, which is reddened, moist, and deeply creased.
Most babies have a white, creamy substance called vernix on their skin right after birth.
A white, creamy substance called vernix may cover her body.
This now has begun to disappear and the skin becomes brighter and is covered with a white, cheesy material called the vernix caseosa.
"A slimy protective layer on the fetal skin, called the vernix, prevents electrical signals from being conducted to the surface of the expectant mother's body, where they could be measured," he says.
The vernix, also known as vernix caseosa, a waxy white substance found coating the skin of babies, prevents electrical signals of the tiny beating heart of the fetus from being conducted to the surface of the expectant mother's body, making it impossible for standard EKG techniques to detect the rhythm.
Studies show that within a few days of birth, your baby can distinguish among the scent of your milk and other skin odors.27 Certainly, your scents are the most familiar and comforting to your newborn—yet another important reason to not wash away amniotic fluid or vernix from her skin right after birth.
Your baby spent the last forty weeks comfortably and safely immersed in amniotic fluid and covered in vernix.
While your baby was in the womb, your body made vernix a creamy, white, lanolin-like substance to cover and protect her skin.
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