Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A waxy white protective substance covering the skin of a fetus.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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

Etymologies

Short for vernix caseosa.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Medieval Latin vernix ("varnish"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Her skin is wrinkled and covered with a creamy protective coating called vernix caseosa.

    Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn

  • Cheesy material — called vernix caseosa — covers the body, providing a protective dressing for the skin, which is reddened, moist, and deeply creased.

    'The Thing About Life Is That One Day You'll Be Dead'

  • Most babies have a white, creamy substance called vernix on their skin right after birth.

    The Simple Guide to Having a Baby

  • A white, creamy substance called vernix may cover her body.

    The Simple Guide to Having a Baby

  • This now has begun to disappear and the skin becomes brighter and is covered with a white, cheesy material called the vernix caseosa.

    Herself Talks with Women Concerning Themselves

  • "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.

    EurekAlert! - Breaking News

  • 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.

    Medgadget

  • 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.

    The Official Lamaze® Guide

  • Your baby spent the last forty weeks comfortably and safely immersed in amniotic fluid and covered in vernix.

    The Official Lamaze® Guide

  • While your baby was in the womb, your body made vernix a creamy, white, lanolin-like substance to cover and protect her skin.

    The Official Lamaze® Guide

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  • "Week 38: Most of the baby's downy hair, lanugo, and whitish coating, vernix, is disappearing."

    WebMD

    October 3, 2007

  • A waxy white protective substance covering the skin of a fetus.

    September 2, 2007