vernix caseosa


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vernix caseosa

[′vər·niks ‚kā·sē′ō·sə]
(embryology)
A cheesy deposit on the surface of the fetus derived from the stratum corneum, sebaceous secretion, and remnants of the epitrichium.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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* Vernix Caseosa was identified as a challenge complicating screening.
When comparing infants who retained the vernix caseosa 24 hours after birth, to infants who had it removed, evidence showed that the infants with the retention of the vernix contained higher levels of free amino acids.
Vernix caseosa was considered unclean and washed away by 81%.
There is a surge in sebaceous gland activity, size and number, producing sebum, which is primary constituent of vernix caseosa, before the onset of term labor.
An artificial version of vernix caseosa could speed up wound healing and treat eczema.
The ingredients of this cream were discovered through Dutch researchers unraveling the ingredients of the protective film called Vernix caseosa (VC) that covers the foetus and newborn babies, helping skin growth before and after birth.
Natural vernix caseosa contains a mixture of fatty compounds that waterproof the foetus.
Marty Visscher of the Skin Sciences Institute at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center presented "The role of vernix caseosa in neonatal adaptation." According to various studies, vernix caseosa has many purposes such as priming the intestinal tract of fetuses in the womb before birth, warding off certain microorganisms and increasing the natural moisturizing factor (NMF) of babies' skin after birth.