Glossary Terms


DELAMINATION [dee-lam-uh-ney-shuhn]

What it is: A process that involves the separation of two or more layers, such as the separation of the layers of the nail plate. It is characterized by the peeling and flaking of the free edge. The medical name for peeling nails is onychoschizia.
Why does it occur: It can be a result of the hands being in water too often from household chores or excessive hand washing and the nails becoming soft. It can also occur if the nails are picked at or pressed, which can result in trauma.


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