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- n. cuticle (thickened layer of skin on fingernails and toenails)
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In embryology, a mass of hardened epidermis on the dorsal surface of the distal extremity of a phalanx of the embryo, preceding the formation of a true nail.
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The superficial, horny part of the nail consists of a greatly thickened stratum lucidum, the stratum corneum forming merely the thin cuticular fold (eponychium) which overlaps the lunula; the deeper part consists of the stratum mucosum.
Cuticle-A thin, transparent layer of skin shed by the eponychium.
This extra growth of eponychium is generally freed and pushed back during a manicure.
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