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eponychium

[ep-uh-nik-ee-uh m] /ˌɛp əˈnɪk i əm/
noun, plural eponychia
[ep-uh-nik-ee-uh] /ˌɛp əˈnɪk i ə/ (Show IPA)
1.
Embryology. the modified outer layer of the epidermis that partially covers the fetal fingernails and toenails and that persists after birth as the cuticle.
2.
Anatomy. a thin, cuticular fold extending over the lunula of a nail.
Also, epionychium.
Origin
1880-1885
1880-85; < Neo-Latin, equivalent to ep- ep- + onych- (see onyx) + -ium -ium
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eponychia in Medicine

eponychia ep·o·nych·i·a (ěp'ə-nĭk'ē-ə)
n.
An infection affecting the proximal nail fold.

eponychium ep·o·nych·i·um (ěp'ə-nĭk'ē-əm)
n.

  1. The condensed eleidin-rich areas of the epidermis preceding the formation of nails in the embryo.

  2. The thin skin adhering to the nail at its base.

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