Definition of meconium
: a dark greenish mass that accumulates in the bowel during fetal life and is discharged shortly after birth
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Claire was born with meconium ileus, a bowel obstruction that is a telltale sign of CF.
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Origin and Etymology of meconium
Latin, literally, poppy juice, from Greek mēkōnion, from mēkōn poppy; akin to Old High German mago poppy
First Known Use: circa 1706See Words from the same year
Medical Definition of meconium
: 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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