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 cuticle (audio) \ adjective

Examples of cuticle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Boyce says that proper cuticle care is vital for keeping your nails healthy. Samantha Driscoll, Better Homes & Gardens, "Cuticle Oil is the Key to Keeping My Nails Healthy and Hydrated," 28 Apr. 2021 Montas hasn’t pitched since coming out of his final spring training start because of a cuticle tear on his right middle finger. Michael Wagaman, Chron, "Astros batter A's to complete four-game sweep," 4 Apr. 2021 Montas exited the third inning of his last Cactus League game with a cuticle tear on the middle finger of his right hand. Matt Kawahara, San Francisco Chronicle, "A's Frankie Montas (finger) says he's ready for first start," 4 Apr. 2021 Regular conditioner seals the cuticle and hydrates the hair from the inside out. Samantha Driscoll, Better Homes & Gardens, "Ensure Your Hairstyle Lasts Even Longer with Dry Conditioner," 13 Apr. 2021 This helps add some tonality back into the hair, also condition and seal the cuticle layer. Jessica Teich, Good Housekeeping, "What Is Balayage? Everything You Need to Know About the Hair Color Trend," 8 Apr. 2021 Be very careful to avoid your natural nail and cuticle to prevent damage. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "How To Remove Dip Powder Nails," 18 Feb. 2021 The six-piece set has a hand cream, foot cream, multi-purpose salve, cuticle cream, lip balm, and travel-size hand cream – all with skin nourishers like sweet almond oil and vitamin E. Nykia Spradley, Allure, "23 Gifts for New Moms That'll Make Life Easier," 7 Nov. 2020 After 20 minutes, take the shower cap off and rinse your hair with cool water to seal the cuticle. Samantha Driscoll, Better Homes & Gardens, "The Most Hydrating Hair Masks to Nourish Your Dry, Damaged Strands," 31 Mar. 2021

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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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4 May 2021

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“Cuticle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cuticle. Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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cuticle

noun

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 cuticle (audio) \ adjective

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