cuticle

Definitions

  • Dragon-fly (Aeschna cyanea). Two stages in emergence of fly from nymph-cuticle
    Dragon-fly (Aeschna cyanea). Two stages in emergence of fly from nymph-cuticle
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n cuticle hard outer covering or case of certain organisms such as arthropods and turtles
    • n cuticle the outer layer of the skin covering the exterior body surface of vertebrates
    • n cuticle the dead skin at the base of a fingernail or toenail
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Cuticle A thin skin formed on the surface of a liquid.
    • Cuticle (Bot) The outermost skin or pellicle of a plant, found especially in leaves and young stems.
    • Cuticle (Anat) The scarfskin or epidermis. See Skin.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n cuticle In zoology and anat.: The scarf-skin or epidermis; the outermost layer of the skin, forming the general superficial integument or covering of the body (see cut under skin); by extension, any kind of epidermal or cuticular growths, as nails, claws, hoofs, horns, hair, feathers, etc.
    • n cuticle The outermost and very superficial integument in general, without reference to its exact nature; a pellicle; a skin, rind, or other investing structure.
    • n cuticle Some thick, tough membrane lining an internal organ: as, the cuticle of a fowl's gizzard.
    • n cuticle In infusorians, specifically, the cell-wall.
    • n cuticle In botany, a continuous hyaline film covering the surface of a plant and formed of the cutinized outer surfaces of the epidermal cells. Sometimes used as equivalent to epidermis.
    • n cuticle A thin skin formed on the surface of liquor; a film or pellicle.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Cuticle the outermost or thin skin
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. cuticula, dim. of cutis, skin; akin to E. hide, skin of an animal
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
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Usage

In literature:

These are simple thickening and induration of the cuticle by reason of continued pressure, notably in lying down on a hard surface.
"Special Report on Diseases of the Horse" by United States Department of Agriculture
On the third day the cuticle was removed, and the exposed surface was found to be ulcerated in several spots.
"An Essay on the Application of the Lunar Caustic in the Cure of Certain Wounds and Ulcers" by John Higginbottom
Very gently press back the cuticle around the nail.
"The Woman Beautiful" by Helen Follett Stevans
Because of much clipping of the cuticle, the flesh at the base of each nail had become a noticeably raised cushion of pink flesh.
"The Job" by Sinclair Lewis
I find that blood follows the scalpel as I cut through the cuticle.
"Peck's Bad Boy and His Pa 1883" by George W. Peck
Scarcely did he feel the little quiver of the cuticle of a freemason novice when subjected to his opening test.
"Tartarin On The Alps" by Alphonse Daudet
The horn of the hoof is merely a modification of the cuticle (scarf skin).
"The Horsewoman" by Alice M. Hayes
The flesh is white, sometimes yellowish underneath the cuticle.
"Studies of American Fungi. Mushrooms, Edible, Poisonous, etc." by George Francis Atkinson
By mechanical attraction, as when water softens the cuticle.
"Zoonomia, Vol. II" by Erasmus Darwin
Something in the climate is good for the production of thick and lasting cuticles.
"The Land of Thor" by J. Ross Browne
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In news:

Its gentleness makes it a wonderful product to use in the bath or shower as a skin moisturizer, cuticle softener or an alterna.
If you've dyed eggs this weekend, you probably still have a bunch on your hands (and perhaps some hot pink or blue cuticles, too).
Are your nails chewed to splinters or your cuticles gnawed to bleeding pulp.
Ulta.com) to wet strands to create a protective barrier between the hair cuticle and your flat iron that seals in your silky texture.
Frizz isn't just a problem for women with coarse, curly hair—plenty of fine-haired folks get it, too, especially if you color your hair, which frays the cuticle and allows water to enter the hair shaft, swelling it open.
8 am In the shower, use shampoo and conditioner that contain rich moisturizers, like silicones, panthenol, and shea butter, to help seal the hair's cuticle (outer layer) so it won't absorb moisture in the air (the genesis of frizz ).
HerbaShine's bamboo-based formula fortifies the cuticle, provides natural gray coverage and lasts through 28 shampoos.
Heap on hydration Be sure to properly moisturize nails and cuticles both during and after the removal process.
Kandalec recommends applying cuticle oil at least once a day to keep nails strong between appointments.
Moisturize your hands and cuticles, then use a nail polish remover or alcohol-based product to remove excess moisture from your nails, which will help the polish stick better, Mountjoy said.
Cleaning the Cuticle With An E-File.
The pusher gently pushes cuticles and the cleaner removes dirt, and the tool causes less stress on hands and wrists so techs do not get sore.
Kupa's Safety Bit has a tapered barrel with a rounded tip for safety at the cuticle area.
Orly's Signature Manicure is perfect for clients looking for quality cuticle care, nail health and nail growth.
My cuticles are sensitive and peeling.
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