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meconium

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noun me·co·ni·um \mi-ˈkō-nē-əm\

Definition of meconium

  1. :  a dark greenish mass that accumulates in the bowel during fetal life and is discharged shortly after birth



Origin of meconium

Latin, literally, poppy juice, from Greek mēkōnion, from mēkōn poppy; akin to Old High German mago poppy


First Known Use: circa 1706


Medical Dictionary

meconium

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noun me·co·ni·um \mi-ˈkō-nē-əm\

Medical Definition of meconium

  1. :  a dark greenish mass of desquamated cells, mucus, and bile that accumulates in the bowel of a fetus and is typically discharged shortly after birth




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  1. Medical Dictionary: Definition of "meconium"


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