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

Synonyms for integument Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for integument

coat, hide, pelt, envelope, skin, aril

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British Dictionary definitions for integument



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 Formsintegumental or integumentary, adjective

Word Origin for integument

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




The enveloping membrane of the body, including the dermis, epidermis, hair, nails, and sebaceous, sweat, and mammary glands.
The membrane, capsule, skin, or other covering of a body or a part.
Related formsin•teg′u•menta•ry (-mĕntə-rē, -mĕntrē) 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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