A cheesy, white substance that covers a baby's skin at birth. The vernix is secreted by the sebaceous glands around the 20th week to protect the baby's skin from the amniotic fluid.
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Vernix: More formally known as vernix caseosa, the vernix is a white cheesy substance that covers and protects the skin of the fetus and is still all over the skin of a baby at birth. Vernix is composed of sebum (the oil of the skin) and cells that have sloughed off the fetus' skin. 'Vernix' is the Latin word for 'varnish.' The vernix varnishes the... Found on http://www.medterms.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=9403
(vur´niks) Latin word meaning varnish. vernix caseosa the thick white substance composed of sebum and desquamated epithelial cells that provides a protective covering for the skin of the fetus. In the full-term newborn, during the first two or three days of life there is a small ... Found on http://www.encyclo.co.uk/local/21001
A thick, greasy substance, resembling cheese, which covers and protects the baby`s skin in the uterus. Vernix is secreted by the sebaceous glands around the 20th week of gestation to protect the fetus from the amniotic fluid. The covering may be present at birth and it will wash off. Found on http://www.pregnology.com/AZ/V/2