A _______ is a tough band of fibrous tissue that connects the bones or holds an organ in place.
After an injury, infection, or disease, the natural nail will return to its healthy growth as long as the _____ is healthy and undamaged.
What is tissue that adheres directly to the natural nail plate but which can be easily removed with gentle scraping?
Toenails are thicker and harder than fingernails because the ______ of the toenail is longer than that of the fingernail.
What is the living skin at the base of the natural nail plate that covers the matrix area?
What is the thin layer of tissue between the nail plate and the nail bed that attaches the two?
What is the slightly thickened layer of skin that lies between the fingertip and free edge of the natural nail plate?
Hardened keratin plate that sits on and covers the natural nail bed. It is the most visible and functional part of the natural nail unit.
"onyx" ; the hard protective plate is composed mainly of keratin, the same fibrous 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, and nail fold.