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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.
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Adj.1.cuticular - of or relating to a cuticle or cuticula
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[24] proposed diffusion mechanism for the small sized particles in the plant leaf through cuticular and stomatal and pathways.
These cuticular hydrocarbons were probably co-extracted with dichloromethane, i.e., artefacts which do not belong to the exudate compounds.
ignotus males, the outer perimeter of caudal sucker has a wide cuticular hem and the inner perimeter lacks cuticular projections, a ventral cleft is absent in the caudal sucker whereas in E.
Cuticular and medullar microstructure of the guard hair of small land mammals in the region of Arequipa, Peru
In insects, cuticular hydrocarbon (CHC) profile is involved in many important biological functions and may vary in different conditions.
Microscopic examination showed the cuticular membranes of the hydatid cysts and the outer fibrous capsule (Figure 3).
Attributes: The results showed that the ThermoShield can prevent and reduce damage that thermal treatments cause in the hair fibers, reducing the temperature of the hair fibers, preserving the water content and preserving the cuticular structure of the hair after exposure to thermal treatment without compromising hair styling.
Furthermore, I have developed methods to overcome cuticular penetration problems, Which makes me one of the very few researchers that can successfully carry out immunohistological studies on kinorhynchs.
Cuticular hydrocarbons were extracted by immersing a single dead, thawed male cockroach in 0.5 ml of hexane under laboratory conditions for 15 min.
We use the following abbreviations for some cuticular structures on the male copulatory apparatus following Salvatierra & Tourinho (2016): BS, barbed setae; CS,clubbed setae; FD,flat depressions; Lct, long curved-tip setae; OS, ordinary setae; Sct, sculptured surface tubercles.
Cuticular wax is a major barrier restricting moisture transfer.
We also observed the expression of transporters on the cuticular plate, which has not been previously reported and is consistent with our observation of 2-NBDG uptake by OHCs through the cuticular plate using live-cell imaging (data not shown).