The formative layer of cells underlying the fingernail or toenail.
More example sentences
- 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).