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The derivation of the word Vernix bears materially on the question, and will not be devoid of interest for the general reader, who may perhaps be surprised at finding himself carried by Mr. Eastlake's daring philology into regions poetical and planetary: --
A protective cream called Vernix caseosa (VC), which covers the fetus and the newborn, aids in the growth of skin both before and after birth.
This is probably the earliest instance of the use of the Latinized word nearly in its modern form; the original nominative Vernice being afterwards changed to Vernix.
Vernix caseosa is a natural coating found on the foetus which protects and nurtures its developing skin.
Vernix caseosa and lanugo fine, downy hair on her body are abundant, her fingernails and toenails haven’t grown out, and her tiny ears are soft and hug her head.
[[File: Vernix on a baby after birth. jpg | thumb | 250px | left | Vernix on a newborn baby.]]