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[kawr-nuh-fi-key-shuh n]
noun Biology.
  1. 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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Historical Examples of cornification

  • 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


  1. keratinization
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