cuticle: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (ky'ti-kul), [key]
- the nonliving epidermis that surrounds the edges of the fingernail or toenail.
- the epidermis.
- a superficial integument, membrane, or the like.
- Also calledthe outer, noncellular layer of the arthropod integument, composed of a mixture of chitin and protein and commonly containing other hardening substances as well.
- a very thin hyaline film covering the surface of plants, derived from the outer surfaces of the epidermal cells.
- cuticle (Thesaurus)