EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun the nonliving epidermis that surrounds the edges of the fingernail or toenail. the epidermis. a superficial integument, membrane, or the like. Also called cuticula. . Zoology the outer, noncellular layer of the arthropod integument, composed of a mixture of chitin and protein and commonly containing other hardening substances as well. . Botany a very thin hyaline film covering the surface of plants, derived from the outer surfaces of the epidermal cells. Origin of cuticle 1605–15;
the skin, equivalent to
-cula -cle 1 Related forms cu·tic·u·lar , [kyoo- tik-y uh-ler] /kyuˈtɪk yə lər/ adjective sub·cu·tic·u·lar, adjective
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Examples from the Web for cuticle Historical Examples of cuticle British Dictionary definitions for cuticle noun dead skin, esp that round the base of a fingernail or toenail any covering layer or membrane the protective layer, containing cutin, that covers the epidermis of higher plants the hard protective layer covering the epidermis of many invertebrates Derived Forms cuticular ( kjuːˈtɪkjʊlə), adjective Word Origin for cuticle
C17: from Latin
cutīcula diminutive of cutis skin
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Word Origin and History for cuticle n.
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.
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n. 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.
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The noncellular, hardened or membranous protective covering of many invertebrates, such as the transparent membrane that covers annelids. A layer of wax and cutin that covers the outermost surfaces of a plant. The cuticle is secreted by the epidermis and helps prevent water loss and infection by parasites. The hard skin around the sides and base of a fingernail or toenail.
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