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cu·ti·cle

 (kyo͞o′tĭ-kəl)
n.
1. The outermost layer of the skin of vertebrates; epidermis.
2. The strip of hardened skin at the base and sides of a fingernail or toenail.
3. Dead or cornified epidermis.
4. Zoology The noncellular, hardened or membranous protective covering of many invertebrates, such as the transparent membrane that covers annelids.
5. Botany The layer of cutin covering the epidermis of the aerial parts of plants.

[Latin cutīcula, diminutive of cutis, skin; see (s)keu- in Indo-European roots.]

cu·tic′u·lar (-tĭk′yə-lər) adj.

cuticle

(ˈkjuːtɪkəl)
n
1. (Anatomy) dead skin, esp that round the base of a fingernail or toenail
2. (Anatomy) another name for epidermis
3. (Anatomy) any covering layer or membrane
4. (Botany) the protective layer, containing cutin, that covers the epidermis of higher plants
5. (Zoology) the hard protective layer covering the epidermis of many invertebrates
[C17: from Latin cutīcula diminutive of cutis skin]
cuticular adj

cu•ti•cle

(ˈkyu tɪ kəl)

n.
1. the hardened skin that surrounds the edges of a fingernail or toenail.
2. the epidermis.
3. the outer, noncellular layer of the arthropod integument.
4. a very thin waxy film covering the surface of plants, derived from the outer surfaces of the epidermal cells.
[1605–15; < Latin cutīcula the skin =cuti(s) skin, cutis + -cula -cle1]
cu•tic′u•lar (-ˈtɪk yə lər) adj.

cu·ti·cle

(kyo͞o′tĭ-kəl)
1. The outer layer of skin; the epidermis.
2. The hard skin around the sides and base of a fingernail or toenail.
3. Botany A waxy layer that covers the outermost tissue layer of a plant. The cuticle is secreted by the epidermis and helps prevent water loss and infection by parasites.

cuticle

1. A waterproof, waxy outer covering found, for example, on leaves and insects.
2. Epidermis; dead skin at a nail root.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cuticle - the dead skin at the base of a fingernail or toenail
cutis, skin, tegument - a natural protective body covering and site of the sense of touch; "your skin is the largest organ of your body"
2.cuticle - the outer layer of the skin covering the exterior body surface of vertebratescuticle - the outer layer of the skin covering the exterior body surface of vertebrates
cutis, skin, tegument - a natural protective body covering and site of the sense of touch; "your skin is the largest organ of your body"
epidermal cell - any of the cells making up the epidermis
corneum, horny layer, stratum corneum - the outermost layer of the epidermis consisting of dead cells that slough off
stratum lucidum - the layer of epidermis immediately under the stratum corneum in the skin of the palms and soles
stratum granulosum - the layer of epidermis just under the stratum corneum or (on the palms and soles) just under the stratum lucidum; contains cells (with visible granules) that die and move to the surface
malpighian layer, rete Malpighii, stratum basale, stratum germinativum - the innermost layer of the epidermis
pallium, mantle - (zoology) a protective layer of epidermis in mollusks or brachiopods that secretes a substance forming the shell
stratum - one of several parallel layers of material arranged one on top of another (such as a layer of tissue or cells in an organism or a layer of sedimentary rock)
3.cuticle - hard outer covering or case of certain organisms such as arthropods and turtlescuticle - hard outer covering or case of certain organisms such as arthropods and turtles
turtle - any of various aquatic and land reptiles having a bony shell and flipper-like limbs for swimming
arthropod - invertebrate having jointed limbs and a segmented body with an exoskeleton made of chitin
cuticula - the outer body wall of an insect
scute - large bony or horny plate as on an armadillo or turtle or the underside of a snake
mollusc, mollusk, shellfish - invertebrate having a soft unsegmented body usually enclosed in a shell
shell - the material that forms the hard outer covering of many animals
Translations
جِلْد يُغَطّي منبت الظُّفر
kůžička
neglebånd
bõrkefelhám
naglaband
odelė
kutikula, ārējā ādiņa
kožtička
derinin dış zarı

cuticle

[ˈkjuːtɪkl] Ncutícula f

cuticle

[ˈkjuːtɪkəl] n (on nail)envie f cuticle stickcuticle remover nrepousse-peaux m invcuticle stick nrepousse-peaux m inv

cuticle

n (of nail)Nagelhaut f; (Anat) → Epidermis f; (Bot) → Kutikula f; cuticle removerNagelhautentferner m

cuticle

[ˈkjuːtɪkl] n (of fingernails) → cuticola, pellicina (Bot, Zool) → cuticola

cuticle

(ˈkjuːtikl) noun
the dead skin at the inner edge of a fingernail or toenail.

cu·ti·cle

n. cutícula, capa exterior de la piel.

cuticle

n cutícula
References in classic literature ?
The best way to manage -- in fact, the only sensible way -- is to disguise repeti- tiousness of fact under variety of form: skin your fact each time and lay on a new cuticle of words.
Mehevi was remarkable fond of mollifying his entire cuticle with this ointment.
My chest was raw and red, and I could see tiny blood globules starting through the torn and inflamed cuticle.
Thus also the snake casts its slough, and the caterpillar its wormy coat, by an internal industry and expansion; for clothes are but our outmost cuticle and mortal coil.
There were times when the loss of so much cuticle kept him awake at night, and often the half-healed surface was raked raw afresh by the facetious Mr.
Living much out of doors, in the sun and wind, will no doubt produce a certain roughness of character--will cause a thicker cuticle to grow over some of the finer qualities of our nature, as on the face and hands, or as severe manual labor robs the hands of some of their delicacy of touch.
Use a rubber cuticle pusher or manicure stick to gently push back cuticles.
Apart from getting a proper manicure every now and then, massage some Deborah Lippmann Cuticle Oil onto your cuticles for intense hydration.
Afterwards, dry your hands and apply cuticle softener to eliminate dryness.
The nail technician will use a file to take off the top layer of the polish before using the foil method to loosen the polish and scrape off the remains, finishing with a file and application of cuticle oil.
NEW YORK -- Sally Hansen has announced plans to introduce in December its Color Therapy line of nail products, including nail polish, top coat, and nail and cuticle oil.
9 anatomical characters of the leaves and scape (micropapillae in cuticle, papillae in upper and lower epiderma, margin extensions, mesophyll structure, vascular bundle types, cavities, crystal types, vascular bundles in the periphery of scape and vascular bundles at the middle of scape) were used for distinguishing of investigated taxa (Table 2).