meconium

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From Latin mēcōnium (opium; excrement of a newborn child), from Ancient Greek μηκώνιον (mēkṓnion, poppy-juice, opium), from μήκων (mḗkōn, poppy).

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meconium (uncountable)

  1. (medicine) A dark green mass, the contents of the fetal intestines during the later stages of mammalian gestation, that forms the first faeces of the newborn
  2. (obsolete) opium

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