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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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Foliar absorption from liquid solutions may take place via cuticle, cuticular cracks and imperfections, through stomata, trichomes or specialized epidermal cells.
The penultimate third segment is short and carries the so-called attachment disk (AD), which is a flat surface covered with cuticular villi onto which the glands terminate that are used in both temporary adhesion and final cementation.
The oral structure of third stage larvae consisted of a dorsoventrally elongate oral opening with broad, relatively flat pseudolabia emanating from the cuticular lining of the buccal cavity (stoma) (Fig.
However, upon subsequent microscope examination, 1 larva from the muscle and carcass washings of a single mature frog was found to be morphologically consistent with Dracunculus species, including size, distinct cuticular striation, and, most notably, a 3-lobed tail (Figure).
The pathogenesis of oestrosis is related to traumatic effects caused by cuticular spines and oral hooks during larval migration, but is mainly caused by molecules secreted and excreted by larvae that induce hypersensitivity immune reaction.
rahimi is characterized by having eggs with lateral cuticular floats, boat-shaped right spicule, bluntly rounded tail tips, in both the sexes and known to have 10-12 prostomal teeth as in R.
Three general levels of structuring are observed in leaf surfaces: the general shape of the cell, cuticular folds and epicuticular waxes.
On its surface, these segments presented trichoid cuticular sensilla (Figure 2).
8 On electron microscopy in one family, cuticular scales were completely absent.