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)

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Other Words from cuticle

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

Examples of cuticle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web First up, no cutting your cuticles or pushing them back. Bianca Lambert, SELF, "How to Maintain Healthy Nails and Cuticles Right Now," 10 Apr. 2020 Treating your cuticles is one of my favorite topics. Shalwah Evans, Essence, "Gel Nails Still A Wreck Due To Quarantine? Read This," 6 Apr. 2020 Step 4: Remove Using a cuticle pusher, gently remove softened polish layer. Patricia Shannon, Southern Living, "Let's Not Make a Practice of This, But Here's How To Take Off Acrylic Nails At Home," 3 Apr. 2020 With so much washing and hand sanitising, your hands are bound to be getting pretty dry and cracked, but according to experts, the moisture level of your cuticles isn’t the only thing being affected. Eliza Huber, refinery29.com, "Caring For Jewellery In The Time Of Constant Handwashing," 25 Mar. 2020 Try a cuticle oil and keep your hands moisturized to avoid cracking. Medea Giordano, Wired, "The Ultimate Quarantine Self-Care Guide," 12 Apr. 2020 Nail Color Sally Hansen $8.99 SHOP IT Hangnails. Bleeding cuticles. Taylore Glynn, Marie Claire, "The Ultimate Guide to Gorgeous Nails," 10 Feb. 2020 After 30 seconds, dab your wet hands with a towel and gently push back on your cuticles with your nail. Scottie Andrew, CNN, "How to keep up your grooming regimen in isolation — without disaster," 11 Apr. 2020 After washing hands to remove any residual acetone, apply nail oil over both the cuticles and nails. Patricia Shannon, Southern Living, "Let's Not Make a Practice of This, But Here's How To Take Off Acrylic Nails At Home," 3 Apr. 2020

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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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The first known use of cuticle was in 1615

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19 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Cuticle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cuticle. Accessed 26 May. 2020.

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cuticle

noun
How to pronounce cuticle (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of cuticle

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

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 cuticular (audio) \ adjective

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