Note the thin transparent covering of the body, the cuticle.
By mechanical attraction, as when water softens the cuticle.
Each hair is a prolongation of the cuticle, and is surmounted by a purple and globular band.
I find that blood follows the scalpel as I cut through the cuticle.
As these channels are nowhere open to the outside, the air must find its way in by diffusion through the cuticle.
The exterior of these is called the cuticle, epidermis, or scarf-skin.
They are generally followed by branny desquamation of the cuticle in the position they have occupied.
During a moult the cuticle of the head is cast separately from that of the body.
cuticle of pupa or puparium splitting longitudinally down the back, to allow escape of imago.
Again, occasionally the cuticle is hidden under the superficial pigment.
1610s, from Latin cuticula, diminutive of cutis "skin," from PIE *ku-ti-, from root *(s)keu- "to cover, conceal" (cf. Lithuanian kiautas "husk," Old English hyd "skin, hide;" see hide (n.1)). Specialized sense of "skin at the base of the nail" is from 1907. Related: Cuticular.
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.