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cornification

[ kawr-nuh-fi-key-shuhn ]
/ ˌkɔr nə fɪˈkeɪ ʃən /
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noun Biology.
the formation of a horny layer of skin, or horny skin structures, as hair, nails, or scales, from squamous epithelial cells.
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Origin of cornification

First recorded in 1835–45; corn2 + -i- + -fication
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How to use cornification in a sentence

  • Nails arise in the interior of the epidermis by the thickening and cornification of the stratum lucidum.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton|Sidney H. Reynolds
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