cuticle

cuticle
noun Etymology: Latin cuticula, diminutive of cutis skin — more at hide Date: 1615 1. an outer covering layer: as a. an external envelope (as of an insect) secreted usually by epidermal cells b. the outermost layer of animal integument composed of epidermis c. a thin continuous fatty or waxy film on the external surface of many higher plants that consists chiefly of cutin d. the outermost membranous layer of a hair consisting of overlapping scales of epithelial cells 2. dead or horny epidermis • cuticular adjective

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  • Cuticle — Cu ti*cle (k[=u] t[i^]*k l), n. [L. cuticula, dim. of cutis skin; akin to E. hide skin of an animal.] 1. (Anat.) The scarfskin or epidermis. See {Skin}. [1913 Webster] 2. (Bot.) The outermost skin or pellicle of a plant, found especially in… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cuticle — 1610s, from L. cuticula, dim. of cutis skin, from PIE *ku ti , from root * (s)keu to cover, conceal (Cf. Lith. kiautas husk, O.E. hyd skin, hide; see HIDE (Cf. hide) (n.1)). Specialized sense of s …   Etymology dictionary

  • cuticle — ► NOUN 1) dead skin at the base of a fingernail or toenail. 2) the epidermis of the body. 3) a protective layer covering the epidermis of a plant or invertebrate. DERIVATIVES cuticular adjective. ORIGIN from Latin cuticula little skin …   English terms dictionary

  • cuticle — [kyo͞ot′i kəl] n. [L cuticula, skin, dim. < cutis, skin < IE base * (s)keu t , to cover > HIDE2] 1. the outer layer of the skin; epidermis 2. hardened skin, such as accumulates at the base and sides of a fingernail 3. Bot. a delicate,… …   English World dictionary

  • Cuticle — A cuticle (pronounced /ˈkjuːtɪkəl/), or cuticula, is a term used for any of a variety of tough but flexible, non mineral outer coverings of an organism, or parts of an organism, that provide protection. Various types of cuticles are non… …   Wikipedia

  • cuticle — cuticular /kyooh tik yeuh leuhr/, adj. /kyooh ti keuhl/, n. 1. the nonliving epidermis that surrounds the edges of the fingernail or toenail. 2. the epidermis. 3. a superficial integument, membrane, or the like. 4. Also called cuticula. Zool. the …   Universalium

  • cuticle — UK [ˈkjuːtɪk(ə)l] / US [ˈkjutɪk(ə)l] noun [countable] Word forms cuticle : singular cuticle plural cuticles a layer of hard skin at the base of a nail on a finger or toe …   English dictionary

  • Cuticle (disambiguation) — Cuticle, or cuticula (Latin for covering ), may refer to: Plant cuticle, or cuticula, a waxy polymeric film covering all aerial plant surfaces Cuticle (nail), in human anatomy, the fold of skin at the proximal end of the nail Cuticula… …   Wikipedia

  • Cuticle (hair) — The hair cuticle is the outermost part of the hair shaft.[1] It is a hard shingle like layer of overlapping cells, some five to twelve deep. It is formed from dead cells which form scales that gives the hair shaft strength and do the best job of… …   Wikipedia

  • cuticle — См. cuticula …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

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