Nail Wall The skin at the sides and base of a fingernail or toenail. Free Edge
Luna (half moon)
The skin at the sides and base of a fingernail or toenail.
The end of the nail that
extends beyond the finger tip
main part of the nail
, attached to the
skin at the tip of the finger
Situated between the skin of
the finger and the nail plate
, and acts as a watertight seal that prevents bacteria from entering.
at the base of the nail
, often referred to as the half moon. It is the visible part of the matrix.
It is light coloured
, soft and easily damaged.
Not seen on visual inspection. The matrix controls
the rate of growth of the nail
, and determines the thickness and width of the nail. Damages to the matrix
can be seen on the nail plate
, and may cause permanent deformities in nail growth i.e.
, shutting finger in a door.
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