[ in-teg-yuh-muhnt ]
/ ɪnˈtɛg yə mənt /
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a natural covering, as a skin, shell, or rind.
any covering, coating, enclosure, etc.
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Origin of integument

First recorded in 1605–15; from Latin integumentum “covering, shield, guard”; see in-2, tegument
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What does integument mean?

An integument is a natural coating, like skin, a shell, or a rind.

The word can refer generally to any coating or covering, but it is primarily used to refer to the outer layer of natural things, like animals and plants. In humans, integument is a technical word for the skin, especially in the context of anatomy and medicine.

The adjective form of integument is integumentary, which is especially used in the term integumentary system to refer to the system of the human body that includes the skin and related things, like hair and nails.

Example: The integuments of animals and plants are very different, but they often serve similar purposes.

Where does integument come from?

The first records of the word integument come from the early 1600s. It comes from the Latin word integumentum, meaning “a covering.”

Integument is commonly used in biology and related fields when discussing the skin of humans and animals. In humans, the integument includes the skin, hair, and nails, as well as skin glands. The skin is the body’s largest organ, and the integumentary system plays an important role in functions like protecting the body and regulating heat. In animals, integuments include things like skin and scales, and integumentary structures include things like feathers and hooves. The integuments of plants involve several components that have the same names as parts of the human body, including epidermis, cuticles, and glands.

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How is integument used in real life?

Integument is primarily used in the context of biology when discussing the outer layers of living things, including the skin of humans and animals and the covering of plants.



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Is integument used correctly in the following sentence?

The integument is always found on the inside and is usually covered by several other layers.

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British Dictionary definitions for integument

/ (ɪnˈtɛɡjʊmənt) /

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 of integument

integumental or integumentary, adjective

Word Origin for integument

C17: from Latin integumentum, from tegere to cover
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Scientific definitions for integument

[ ĭn-tĕgyu-mənt ]

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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