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
a covering. See in-2
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Derived Formsintegumental or integumentary, adjective
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
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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Related formsin•teg′u•men′ta•ry (-mĕn′tə-rē, -mĕn′trē) adj.
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.
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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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