cuticle

noun

cu·​ti·​cle ˈkyü-ti-kəl How to pronounce cuticle (audio)
1
: an outer covering layer: such 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
: dead or horny epidermis (such as that surrounding the base and sides of a fingernail)
cuticular adjective

Examples of cuticle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At a Russian manicure, however, a nail artist immediately reaches for an electric file and starts cleaning and shaping the nail and cuticle. Kara Nesvig, Allure, 3 July 2024 Curl creams create a protective layer around the hair shaft to help smooth the cuticle and make curly hair more manageable. Carrie Honaker, Southern Living, 24 June 2024 When applied to the hair, conditioners get to work by flattening the cuticle scales of the hair shaft and reducing friction between your hair strands, resulting in smooth, shiny hair, a 2015 study explains. Caroline C. Boyle, USA TODAY, 28 Apr. 2024 This oil contains omega fatty acids, which are easily absorbed by the hair cuticle and impart instant hydration and shine to hair. Megan McIntyre, Allure, 20 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for cuticle 

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Word History

Etymology

Latin cuticula, diminutive of cutis skin — more at hide

First Known Use

1615, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of cuticle was in 1615

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Cite this Entry

“Cuticle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cuticle. Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

cuticle

noun
cu·​ti·​cle ˈkyüt-i-kəl How to pronounce cuticle (audio)
1
: an outer layer (as of skin or a leaf) often produced by the cells beneath
2
: a dead or horny layer of skin especially around a fingernail

Medical Definition

cuticle

noun
cu·​ti·​cle ˈkyüt-i-kəl How to pronounce cuticle (audio)
1
: an outer covering layer: as
a
: the outermost layer of integument composed of epidermis
b
: the outermost membranous layer of a hair consisting of cornified epithelial cells
2
: dead or horny epidermis (as that surrounding the base and sides of a fingernail or toenail)
cuticular adjective

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