- 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
Examples from the Web for cuticle
The pileus is without a cuticle, consisting of interwoven fibres.The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise
M. E. Hard
By mechanical attraction, as when water softens the cuticle.Zoonomia, Vol. II
The horn of the hoof is merely a modification of the cuticle (scarf skin).The Horsewoman
Alice M. Hayes
I find that blood follows the scalpel as I cut through the cuticle.Peck's Bad Boy and His Pa
George W. Peck
As the disease subsides, the cuticle comes off (desquamates) in patches.An Epitome of Homeopathic Healing Art
B. L. Hill
- dead skin, esp that round the base of a fingernail or toenail
- another name for epidermis
- 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
Word Origin and History for cuticle
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.
- 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.
- 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.