fingernail


A thin, horny, transparent plate covering the dorsal surface of the tip of each finger; comprised of dead keratin cells. The fingernail is a complex unit. Most people’s fingernails take three to six months to completely grow out.

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Nails Under The Microscope - Understanding Nail Anatomy & Disorders

June 1, 1996

Nail technicians should know as much about the inside of the nail as the outside. Here’s an anatomy lesson on the onychium. Pay attention – there’s going to be a test at the end.

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