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Appearance of a healthy nail:
Whitish and translucent in appearance with a pinkish nail bed showing through
The nail plate is relatively _____ to water, allowing water to pass more easily than it will pass through normal skin of equal thickness.
To reduce water loss and improve nail flexibility
Use an oil based nail conditioner or nail polish to coat the plate.
The nail bed is supplied with many nerves and is attached to the nail plate by a thin layer of tissues called the...
Growth of the nails can be affected if the individual is in poor health, has a nail disorder or disease or _______
If the matrix has been injured
Purpose of the cuticle
Seal the space between the natural nail plate and living skin above to protect entry of microorganisms and prevent infection
The slightly thickened layer of skin that lies underneath the free edge of the nail plate
Specialized ligaments that attach the nail bed and matrix to the underlying bone are located where?
At the base of the matrix and around the edges of the nail bed.
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