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[kawr-nuh-fi-key-shuh n] /ˌkɔr nə fɪˈkeɪ ʃən/
noun, Biology.
the formation of a horny layer of skin, or horny skin structures, as hair, nails, or scales, from squamous epithelial cells.
Origin of cornification
First recorded in 1835-45; corn2 + -i- + -fication Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Nails arise in the interior of the epidermis by the thickening and cornification of the stratum lucidum.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton Sidney H. Reynolds
cornification in Medicine

cornification cor·ni·fi·ca·tion (kôr'nə-fĭ-kā'shən)
See keratinization.

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