The process by which squamous epithelial cells in vertebrate animals develop into tough protective layers or structures such as hair, hooves, and the outer layer of skin; the final stage of keratinization.
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Origin of cornification
- Latin cornū horn ker-1 in Indo-European roots –fication
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition