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Nail (anatomy)

There are other meanings of the word nail

In anatomy, a nail is a horn-like piece at the end of a human or animal finger or toe. See also claw and hoof.

Fingernails and toenails are composed of

Fingernails require 3 to 6 months to completely regrow. Toenails require 12 to 18 months. Any major illness will cause a groove to form in the nails, marking in time the past medical history of its owner. These are called Beau's lines.

Nails can become thickened (onychogryphosis), loosened (onycholysis), infected with fungus (onychomycosis) or degenerative (onychodystrophy); for further information see nail diseases

A manicure or pedicure is a health and cosmetic procedure to groom and trim the nails. It is accomplished with cuticle scissors, nail scissors, nail clippers, and nail files.