lanugo

noun
la·nu·go | \lə-ˈnü-(ˌ)gō, -ˈnyü-\

Definition of lanugo 

: a dense cottony or downy growth of hair specifically : the soft woolly hair that covers the fetus of some mammals

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Here's where the box gets a little, erm, weird: A larger groove for the umbilical cord and a smaller section for lanugo, the fine hair that covers a newborn's body after birth, are front and center. Sarah Schreiber, Good Housekeeping, "This Baby Box Has Completely Divided a Generation of Parents," 20 Dec. 2016 Gray seals are born with a covering of white hair, called lanugo. Aimee Levitt, Chicago Reader, "Animals / News Cute animal alert: Unto us a baby seal is born," 9 Jan. 2018 Commonly, doctors and parents see this soft hair on newborn babies, but lanugo usually sheds after a short time. Dr. Manny Alvarez, Fox News, "Does 'Werewolf Syndrome' actually exist?," 20 June 2017 For people with werewolf syndrome, the lanugo does not shed and continues growing on the baby’s body. Dr. Manny Alvarez, Fox News, "Does 'Werewolf Syndrome' actually exist?," 20 June 2017

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First Known Use of lanugo

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lanugo

Latin, down, from lana wool — more at wool

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lanugo

noun
la·nu·go | \lə-ˈn(y)ü-(ˌ)gō \

Medical Definition of lanugo 

: a dense cottony or downy growth of hair specifically : the soft downy hair that covers the fetus of some mammals

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