Etymology
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cuticle (n.)

1610s, "outer layer of the skin, epidermis," from Latin cuticula, diminutive of cutis "skin," from PIE root *(s)keu- "to cover, conceal" (source also of hide (n.1)). Specialized sense of "skin at the base of the nail" is from 1907. Related: Cuticular.

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Definitions of cuticle

cuticle (n.)
the dead skin at the base of a fingernail or toenail;
cuticle (n.)
the outer layer of the skin covering the exterior body surface of vertebrates;
Synonyms: epidermis
cuticle (n.)
hard outer covering or case of certain organisms such as arthropods and turtles;
Synonyms: carapace / shell / shield
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