nail bed


Definition of nail bed

: the vascular epidermis upon which most of the fingernail or toenail rests that has a longitudinally ridged surface often visible through the nail

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Recent Examples on the Web Most fingernail injuries affect the nail plate (the hard part of the nail that grows out), which can crack and potentially fall off, and the nail bed (the skin underneath the nail plate), which can bleed and bruise. Jessica Cruel, SELF, "What to Do When Your Fingernail Gets Bruised (or Falls Off)," 23 Sep. 2020 The secret to strong natural nails: a hydrated nail bed. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Seventeen's 2020 Beauty Awards," 28 May 2020 Using sharp nail clippers, cut down your extensions, leaving about two centimeters of nail above your nail bed for safety. Sara Tan, Allure, "How to Remove Acrylic Nails At Home, According to Pros," 9 Apr. 2020 Hydrate your nail beds and cuticles with an essential oil that will re-strengthen! Asia Milia Ware, Teen Vogue, "How To Remove Acrylic Nails at Home," 27 Mar. 2020 The oval shape looks most appealing on wider nail beds and serves as the perfect base for nail art. Chelsea Hall, Marie Claire, "The Nail Shapes Dictionary: All the Need-to-Know Styles," 26 Mar. 2020 Then, using the grittier side of your nail file, buff away about two-thirds of the polish from your nails, being careful not to file all the way down to your nail bed. Bella Cacciatore, Glamour, "How to Remove Dip Nails at Home," 7 Apr. 2020 Plus, my extra-long nail beds are the perfect amount of space to really let a good nail shade shine. Danielle Odiamar, Allure, "My Mushy Little Cancerian Heart Loves This Moody Blue Nail Polish From Essie," 14 Feb. 2020 Biting also damages your nail beds, sometimes irreconcilably. Elizabeth Denton, Seventeen, "10 Things All Girls With ~Perfect~ Nails Do Every Day," 3 Nov. 2015

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First Known Use of nail bed

1883, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of nail bed was in 1883

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1 Oct 2020

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“Nail bed.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2020.

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Medical Definition of nail bed

: the vascular epidermis upon which most of the fingernail or toenail rests that has a longitudinally ridged surface often visible through the nail also : matrix sense 1b

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