cuticle

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(kū′tĭ-k′l )

[L. cuticula, little skin]
A layer of solid or semisolid tissue that covers the free surface of a layer of epithelial cells. It may be horny or chitinous and sometimes is calcified. Examples include the enamel cuticle of a tooth and the capsule of the lens of the eye.

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