What is a cuticle and what's its purpose?

What is a finger cuticle? Where does it come from? What's its purpose?
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The cuticle (medical name: eponychium) is the film of skin that overlaps the base of each fingernail (and toenails). When they become dry or loose, they are usually referred to as hangnails.
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