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 surgeon froze his thumb and went in on the left side of the nail bed to scoop out the infected tissue. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Ozzy Osbourne Underwent Hand Surgery to Treat Multiple Staph Infections: ‘It Was Agony’," 23 Oct. 2018 Looking at the images, the team could see nerves and the tiny blood vessels in the nail bed. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "New imaging tech gives us the finger (of a mummy)," 27 Sep. 2018 In other cases, the nail bed might get bruised, causing bleeding under the toenail. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "This Is Why Stubbing Your Toe Hurts So Much," 17 Apr. 2018 With a striping brush, fill in the moon section of your index finger nail bed with a canary hue like Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in Gigabryte. Hannah Morrill, Harper's BAZAAR, "4 DIY Halloween Nail Art Ideas You Need to Try," 23 Sep. 2016 Stigle’s first spin was a minimalist interpretation of anchors, with the bottom curve following the shape of the nail bed. Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, "These Nail Tattoos Are About to Blow Up on Instagram," 28 Mar. 2018 With a striping brush held horizontally, draw a thick band of a powdery yellow like Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in Gigabryte along the center of the nail bed. Hannah Morrill, Harper's BAZAAR, "4 DIY Halloween Nail Art Ideas You Need to Try," 23 Sep. 2016 Both are made by shaping acrylic, but while the unicorn version resembles a horn on top of the nail bed, the corkscrew nails are shaped in a coil completely off the nail tip. Lauren Adhav, Cosmopolitan, "Corkscrew Nails Are the Look You Need for Your Next Wine Night," 14 Mar. 2018 The cases mainly develop in these younger children, who experience pale or blue skin, lips, and nail beds; shortness of breath; fatigue; confusion; headache; lightheadedness; and rapid heart rate. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Mom Issues Warning About Teething Gel After Her Daughter Nearly Died," 13 Mar. 2018

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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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