eponychium

noun

ep·​o·​nych·​i·​um ˌep-ə-ˈnik-ē-əm How to pronounce eponychium (audio)
1
: the thickened layer of epidermal tissue over the developing fetal fingernail or toenail that disappears before birth except over the base of the nail
2
: the distal margin of the superficial layer of a proximal nail fold that is a horny band of epidermis extending over the base of a nail : cuticle

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“Eponychium.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/eponychium. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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