nail bed

noun

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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The intricate ink includes drawings of stars, moons and floral patterns going down each of Baldwin’s fingers and nearly reaching her nail beds. Kaitlyn Frey, PEOPLE.com, "Hailey Baldwin Shows Off New Tiny Tattoos Ahead of September Wedding Ceremony," 23 Aug. 2019 With a client roster that includes Lady Gaga, Kesha, Ciara, Beyoncé, and even Jay-Z, celebrity manicurist Miho Okawara has tended to the nail beds of some of the biggest stars in the world. Jacqueline Kilikita, refinery29.com, "The Top 3 Nail-Art Trends For Summer, According To Beyoncé's Manicurist," 9 June 2019 Indeed, most fungal infections in people are found on the coolest parts of the human body, including the feet and in nail beds. Erika Edwards, NBC News, "Deadly fungal infections may increase with global warming," 23 July 2019 In some cases, like if the nail bed is infected, the doctor might have to remove the nail by force. Jessica Cruel, SELF, "What to Do When Your Fingernail Gets Bruised (or Falls Off)," 19 Jan. 2018 Apply a top coat, then paint your entire nail bed one shade. Chloe Metzger, Marie Claire, "10 Easy and Fun Nail Designs to Copy This Summer," 7 May 2019 And for best results, the pro suggests prepping the nail bed with a swipe of a cotton pad soaked in 99 percent acetone solution. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "The 5-Minute Manicure That Counts Fans From Jennifer Lopez to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez," 29 Mar. 2019 However, Hadley suggests removing a gel manicure after two to three weeks maximum to avoid damaging nail beds and cuticles. Tiffany Dodson, SELF, "4 Mistakes You’re Making When Wearing Gel Nail Polish," 25 Jan. 2019 Additionally, acetone can be extremely drying to the nail bed, causing nails to break or become brittle over time. Tiffany Dodson, SELF, "4 Mistakes You’re Making When Wearing Gel Nail Polish," 25 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of nail bed

1883, in the meaning defined above

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nail bed

noun

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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