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cuticle

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noun cu·ti·cle \ˈkyü-ti-kəl\

Simple Definition of cuticle

  • : the layer of dead or hard skin around the base of a fingernail or toenail

Full Definition of cuticle

  1. 1 :  an outer covering layer: as a :  an external envelope (as of an insect) secreted usually by epidermal cells b :  the outermost layer of animal integument composed of epidermis c :  a thin continuous fatty or waxy film on the external surface of many higher plants that consists chiefly of cutin d :  the outermost membranous layer of a hair consisting of overlapping scales of epithelial cells

  2. 2 :  dead or horny epidermis

cu·tic·u·lar play \kyu̇-ˈti-kyə-lər\ adjective

Origin of cuticle

Latin cuticula, diminutive of cutis skin — more at hide


First Known Use: 1615


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cuticle

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noun cu·ti·cle \ˈkyüt-i-kəl\

Medical Definition of cuticle

  1. 1:  an outer covering layer: asa:  the outermost layer of integument composed of epidermisb:  the outermost membranous layer of a hair consisting of cornified epithelial cells

  2. 2:  dead or horny epidermis (as that surrounding the base and sides of a fingernail or toenail)

  3. cu·tic·u·lar \kyu̇-ˈtik-yə-lər\play adjective




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