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Old 10-01-2007, 03:53 PM   #1
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the little white half-moons on fingernails...

...what does it mean if the little white half-moon part of your nail at the tip (yes, complicated medical terminology, i know) doesn't grow in a half-moon?

i have a friend whose little white half-moons are curvy on the edge that's next to the pink part of his nail, but they grow just fine on the tip.

if that doesn't make any sense, i can try to get a picture, but if it does, can you tell me: does this mean anything, or is it just another way in which he's a little bit of a weirdo? =] thanks!

 
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Re: the little white half-moons on fingernails...

The little white half-moon at the base of the nail is the leading edge of the matrix where the nail plate cells are born. The shape only determines the thickness of the nail plate. The longer the matrix, the thicker the nail plate since it can develop more cells. If the leading edge is not sharply defined as a half-circle or an oblong circle, it doesn't really mean there is anything wrong. The shape of your nails as well as your hair, skin, etc is genetic.

 
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