1. is the "waxy" or "cheesy" white substance found coating the skin of newborn humans. It is secreted by the fetus's sebaceous glands in utero, and is hypothesized to have antibacterial properties."Vernix" is the Latin word
for "varnish." The vernix varnishes the baby. "Caseosa" is "cheese" in Latin
Vernix is composed of sebum (the oil of the skin) and cells that have sloughed off the fetus' skin.
2. For the town
in France, see Vernix, Manche - commune of the Manche département, in France.