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Cuticle  [ Biology ]

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Adjective: Cuticular 
     
  In a general meaning the cuticle is a noncellular exterior covering of the body wall of an animal, plant or fungus. The cuticle serves as a protective barrier for the inner layers and forms a barrier to water movement out of the tissue.  
     
[ From Latin "cuticula" diminutive of "cutis", the skin) ]
     
Cuticle  [ Botany ]
 
In botany the cuticle is the waxy covering produced by the epidermal cells of leaves, fruit and young stems that protect the plant from dehydration and disease. The cuticle forms a barrier to water movement out of the tissue and is thicker in plants living in dry climates  than in those from wet climates, and tends to be thicker on the top of the leaf.
Cactus and succulents have usually a thick cuticle.

 

 

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