[ in-teg-yuh-muhnt ]
/ 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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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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Medical definitions for integument

[ ĭn-tĕgyu-mənt ]


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.

Other words from integument

in•teg′u•menta•ry (-mĕntə-rē, -mĕntrē) adj.
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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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