nail bed

noun

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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Don't forget to rub a good cuticle cream into your nail bed when you're all done to keep your nails healthy and strong. Shanon Maglente, Good Housekeeping, 27 Oct. 2022 And don’t forget to clean up any mistakes around the nail bed with a non-toxic nail polish remover and seal off your look with a hard-wearing topcoat. Alyssa Brascia, Peoplemag, 11 Sep. 2022 The coffin shape is unique because the nail bed and nail tip are kept to the same width, while the middle part of the nail is shaped wider. Liv Holland, Allure, 9 Aug. 2022 Black toenails come from repetitive trauma to the nail bed, usually from the toe hitting the front or top of the inside of a shoe, which can be exacerbated by ill-fitting shoes and long downhills. Outside Online, 17 June 2019 Then the blood gets between the nail plate and the nail bed, and eventually the nail falls off. Brendan Leonard, Outside Online, 5 July 2022 Most stickers should be easily removed with the help of your go-to polish remover, or peeled away with no damage to the nail bed. Tiffany Dodson And Melody Leibner, Harper's BAZAAR, 24 June 2022 However, Moore said, the fingernail and nail bed appeared to be intact. Emily Yahr, Washington Post, 23 May 2022 Hand-washing, dry weather, and exposure to drying ingredients can all weaken the nail bed and make nails brittle. Angela Trakoshis, Allure, 25 Mar. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1883, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of nail bed was in 1883

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“Nail bed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nail%20bed. Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

Medical Definition

nail bed

noun

: 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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