Definition of Cuticle

1. Noun. The dead skin at the base of a fingernail or toenail.

Generic synonyms: Cutis, Skin, Tegument

2. Noun. The outer layer of the skin covering the exterior body surface of vertebrates.

3. Noun. Hard outer covering or case of certain organisms such as arthropods and turtles.
Exact synonyms: Carapace, Shell, Shield
Group relationships: Turtle, Arthropod, Mollusc, Mollusk, Shellfish
Specialized synonyms: Cuticula
Generic synonyms: Scute
Terms within: Shell
Derivative terms: Cuticular

Definition of Cuticle

1. n. The scarfskin or epidermis. See Skin.

Definition of Cuticle

1. Noun. The outermost layer of the skin of vertebrates; the epidermis. ¹

2. Noun. The strip of hardened skin at the base and sides of a fingernail or toenail. ¹

3. Noun. Dead or cornified epidermis. ¹

4. Noun. (context: zoology botany) A noncellular protective covering outside the epidermis of many invertebrates and plants. ¹

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Definition of Cuticle

1. the epidermis [n -S] - See also: epidermis

Medical Definition of Cuticle

1. A continuous layer of waxy substances covering over the outer surfaces of the epidermis of plants, it contains cutin and protects against water loss / water gain and other damage. (13 Nov 1997)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Cuticle

cuticle (current term)
cuticle of nail
cuticula dentis

Literary usage of Cuticle

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The microscope and its revelations by William Benjamin Carpenter (1856)
"Stomata are usually found most abundantly (and sometimes exclusively) in the cuticle of the lower surfaces of leaves, where they open into the air-chambers ..."

2. Journal of Morphology by Wistar Institute of Anatomy and Biology (1903)
"THE cuticle. An unusually heavy cuticle envelops the entire worm and is infolded at ... At all of the openings of the body the cuticle passes in and becomes ..."

3. An introduction to botany by John Lindley (1835)
"The principal argument, however, in favour of cuticle being compressed cellular tissue, is, that in the cuticle of many plants the cellular state is ..."

4. The Physiology of Plants: A Treatise Upon the Metabolism and Sources of by Wilhelm Pfeffer (1900)
"It is by such means, as illustrated by the formation of cuticle and cork, that exchanges with the external world, such as those involved in transpiration ..."

5. The Physiological Anatomy and Physiology of Man by Robert Bentley Todd, William Bowman (1857)
"91 shows the continuity of IU epithelium lining the excreting part of the duct-with the cuticle, and also discloses its hardness and cuticular character, ..."

6. Text-book of the Embryology of Invertebrates by Eúgen Korschelt, Karl Heider, Edward Laurens Mark, William McMichael Woodworth, Matilda Bernard, Martin Fountain Woodward (1899)
"... when the formation of the blastoderm is complete, a cuticle is secreted at the surface of the blastoderm cells. We follow VAN BENEDEN (No. ..."

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