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Lanugo

Post by VinnyD » Sat Jul 07, 2018 1:21 pm

Lanugo is the downy hair that sometimes covers a newborn.

"Lanugo functions as an anchor to hold the vernix caseosa on the skin. Together they protect the delicate foetal skin from being damaged by the amniotic fluid.[5] The vernix caseosa also helps to prepare the foetus for life outside the womb. It provides lubrication for birth and contributes to thermoregulation, prevention of water loss, and innate immunity. Without the lanugo to anchor the vernix caseosa, these functions would be compromised."

If I remember my Latin, vernix caseosa means cheesy varnish, thus food-related.

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