[ 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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for cornification

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

    The Vertebrate Skeleton|Sidney H. Reynolds

Medicine definitions for cornification

[ kôr′nə-fĭ-kāshən ]


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