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[in-teg-yuh-muh nt] /ɪnˈtɛg yə mənt/
a natural covering, as a skin, shell, or rind.
any covering, coating, enclosure, etc.
Origin of integument
First recorded in 1605-15, integument is from the Latin word integumentum a covering. See in-2, tegument
1. cortex, involucre, involucrum. Unabridged
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the protective layer around an ovule that becomes the seed coat
the outer protective layer or covering of an animal, such as skin or a cuticle
Derived Forms
integumental, integumentary, adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Latin integumentum, from tegere to cover
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Word Origin and History for integument

1610s, from Latin integumentum "a covering," from integere "to cover over," from in- "in, upon" (see in- (2)) + tegere "to cover" (see stegosaurus).

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integument in Medicine

integument in·teg·u·ment (ĭn-těg'yu-mənt)

  1. The enveloping membrane of the body, including the dermis, epidermis, hair, nails, and sebaceous, sweat, and mammary glands.

  2. The membrane, capsule, skin, or other covering of a body or a part.

in·teg'u·men'ta·ry (-měn'tə-rē, -měn'trē) adj.
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integument in Science
A natural outer covering of an animal or plant or of one of its parts, such as skin, a shell, or the part of a plant ovule that develops into a seed coat.
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