Last updated: March 9, 2018

What Does Cuticle Mean?

A cuticle is a thin film covering the surface of plants and derived from the outer surfaces of epidermal cells. Cuticles are the outer protective and supportive layer of the epidermis of a plant.


Maximum Yield Explains Cuticle

The cuticle is made of the pliable, but strong hyaline film; hyaline is the most common of the supportive cartilage tissues. In humans hyaline would be the supportive cartilage of the ears, nose, or larynx. In plants it is the cartilage that helps give a plant its rigidity and stem strength. Its waxy composition also helps prevent water loss.

Plant cuticles are comprised of the main structural components of unique polymers cutin and/or cutan that is impregnated with wax.


Share this Term

  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter

Related Reading


Plant GrowthPlant Science

Trending Articles

Go back to top
Maximum Yield Logo

You must be 19 years of age or older to enter this site.

Please confirm your date of birth:

This feature requires cookies to be enabled