cuticle

noun
cu·​ti·​cle | \ ˈkyü-ti-kəl How to pronounce cuticle (audio) \

Definition of cuticle

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)

Other Words from cuticle

cuticular \ kyu̇-​ˈti-​kyə-​lər How to pronounce cuticle (audio) \ adjective

Examples of cuticle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Any styling product that promises heat protection (from blow dryers and summer temps and humidity alike) is essentially closing off that cuticle and preventing dehydration, frizzing, breaking and such. Adam Hurly, Robb Report, 7 Apr. 2022 Prep your hair with a nourishing but lightweight serum, such as the headmistress cuticle sealer from evo. Janae Mckenzie, Glamour, 2 Apr. 2022 Once the dip loosens and begins to flake, take the metal pusher or orangewood stick and lightly scrape off the polish, starting from the cuticle area to the end of your nail. Elizabeth Denton, Allure, 31 Mar. 2022 Thickening or volumizing shampoos frequently include glycerin, which helps the hair retain water and lifts its cuticle, resulting in fuller, more manageable locks. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 7 Apr. 2022 Before getting to work with your tools use this formula to help detangle hair and seal the cuticle to prevent breakage and knots from styling. Tatjana Freund, ELLE, 23 Feb. 2022 These are high in vitamins A, E, biotin, and folate, which can help strengthen the external cortex and the cuticle of the hair. Nicole Pajer, SELF, 14 Oct. 2021 This particular nail-art look uses an OPI blue to polish almost the entire nail, leaving a crescent moon at the cuticle bare, then adding an accent dot. Megan Decker, refinery29.com, 27 Feb. 2022 Ward said the metal tools were part of a nail and cuticle set, and the lighter was for their grill. John Archibald | Jarchibald@al.com, al, 20 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of cuticle

1615, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cuticle

Latin cuticula, diminutive of cutis skin — more at hide

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16 May 2022

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“Cuticle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cuticle. Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for cuticle

cuticle

noun
cu·​ti·​cle | \ ˈkyü-ti-kəl How to pronounce cuticle (audio) \

Kids Definition of cuticle

1 : an outer layer (as of skin or a leaf) often produced by the cells beneath
2 : a dead or hard layer of skin especially around a fingernail

cuticle

noun
cu·​ti·​cle | \ ˈkyüt-i-kəl How to pronounce cuticle (audio) \

Medical Definition of cuticle

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)

Other Words from cuticle

cuticular \ kyu̇-​ˈtik-​yə-​lər How to pronounce cuticle (audio) \ adjective

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