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cosmetology ch. 9

Bed epithelium Thin layer of tissue that attaches the nail plate and nail bed.
Eponychium Living skin at the base of the natural nail plate that covers the matrix area.
Free edge Part of the nail plate that extends over the tip of the finger/toe.
Hyponychium Slightly thickened layer of the skin that lies between the fingertip and free edge of the natural nail plate.
Ligament Tough band of fibrous tissue that connects bones or holds an organ in place.
Lunula Visible part of the matrix that extends from underneathe the living skin.
Matrix Area where the nail plate cells are formed.
Nail bed Portion of the living skin that supports the nail plate as it grows toward the free edge.
Nail cuticle Dead, colorless tissue attached to the natural nail plate.
Nail folds Folds of normal skin that surround the natural nail plate.
Nail grooves Slits of furrows on the sides of the sidewall.
Nail plate Hardened keratin plate that sits on and covers the natural nail bed.
Natural nail Also know as Onyx; hard protective plate is composed mainly of keratin, the same protein found in skin and hair.
Natural nail unit Composed of several major parts of the fingernail including the nail plate, nail bed, matrix,cuticle, eponychium, hyponychium, specialized ligaments, amd nail fold.
Sidewall Also known as lateral nail fold; the fold skin overlapping the side of the nail.
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