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 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 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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