|1.||dead skin, esp that round the base of a fingernail or toenail|
|2.||another name for epidermis|
|3.||any covering layer or membrane|
|4.||the protective layer, containing cutin, that covers the epidermis of higher plants|
|5.||the hard protective layer covering the epidermis of many invertebrates|
|[C17: from Latin cutīcula diminutive of cutis skin]|
cuticle cu·ti·cle (kyōō'tĭ-kəl)
The strip of hardened skin at the base and sides of a fingernail or toenail.
The outermost layer of the skin; epidermis.
Dead or cornified epidermis.
|cuticle (ky'tĭ-kəl) Pronunciation Key
the outer layer or part of an organism that comes in contact with the environment. In many invertebrates the dead, noncellular cuticle is secreted by the epidermis. This layer may, as in the arthropods, contain pigments and chitin; in humans the cuticle is the epidermis
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