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free edge the part of the nail that extends beyond the end of the finger or toe to protect the tips.
nail body (nail plate) visible nail area from the nail root or free edge, made of layers, no nerves or blood vessles can be found.
lunula half-moon shape at the base of the nail, which appears white due to the reflection of light at the point where the nail matrix and nail bed meet.
eponychium cuticle that overlaps the lunula at the base of the nail.
cuticle the loose and pliable overlapping skin around the nail.
nail matrix active tissue that generates cells, which hardens as they move outward from the root to the nail.
nail root attached to the matrix at the base of the nail, under the skin and inside the mantle.
mantle pocket-like structure that holds the root and matrix.
nail bed the area of the nail on which the nail body rests, nerves and blood vessles found here to supply nourishment, ligaments attach the nail bed to the bone.
nail grooves the tracks on either side of the nail that the nail moves on as it grows.
perionychium skin that touches, overlaps, and surrounds the nail.
hyponychium skin under the free edge.
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