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[mass noun] The thin, waxy protective outer layer covering the surfaces of some plants, fungi, and insects and other arthropods.
- ‘The waxy epicuticle protects against desiccation.’
- ‘The thin, soft upper layer of epicuticle is also absent from the surface of C. punctata, possibly due to abrasion or exfoliation, but present on the lower surface of each fungiform structure.’
- ‘All possess an extremely thin epicuticle and a thick, massive outer exocuticle.’
- ‘The epicuticle is ‘the outermost and thinnest layer of the cuticle’.’
- ‘With exposure after death, the epicuticle, which is the epibiont attachment surface, has been shown to degrade.’
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