The formative layer of cells underlying the fingernail or toenail.
- Underlying the nail plate is the nail bed, composed of the germinative layer of the epidermis.
- A patient with onychomycosis may present with whitened nails, but the discoloration is in the nail itself, rather than the underlying nail bed.
- Wear properly fitted shoes (injury to the nail bed can lead to thick toenails regardless of infection).
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Syllabification: nail bed
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