cuticle

Definitions of cuticle
  1. noun
    hard outer covering or case of certain organisms such as arthropods and turtles
    synonyms: carapace, shell, shield
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    types:
    cuticula
    the outer body wall of an insect
    type of:
    scute
    large bony or horny plate as on an armadillo or turtle or the underside of a snake
  2. noun
    the outer layer of the skin covering the exterior body surface of vertebrates
    synonyms: epidermis
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    types:
    mantle, pallium
    (zoology) a protective layer of epidermis in mollusks or brachiopods that secretes a substance forming the shell
    type of:
    stratum
    one of several parallel layers of material arranged one on top of another (such as a layer of tissue or cells in an organism or a layer of sedimentary rock)
  3. noun
    the dead skin at the base of a fingernail or toenail
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    type of:
    cutis, skin, tegument
    a natural protective body covering and site of the sense of touch
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