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  1. a natural covering, as a skin, shell, or rind.
  2. any covering, coating, enclosure, etc.
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Origin of integument

First recorded in 1605–15, integument is from the Latin word integumentum a covering. See in-2, tegument

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Related Words for integument

coat, hide, pelt, envelope, skin, aril

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Historical Examples of integument

  • Its freedom from causing great shrinking or shrivelling of the integument.

    Practical Taxidermy

    Montagu Browne

  • Their integument is hardened with plates or particles of carbonate of lime.

    The Elements of Geology

    William Harmon Norton

  • Man alone, the last in the series, was created from the integument of a dog.

    The Indian in his Wigwam

    Henry R. Schoolcraft

  • The integument of the roof of the mouth was smooth and shining.

  • Ex., the integument into which the valves of Chitones are inserted.

    A Conchological Manual

    George Brettingham Sowerby

British Dictionary definitions for integument


  1. the protective layer around an ovule that becomes the seed coat
  2. the outer protective layer or covering of an animal, such as skin or a cuticle
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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


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


  1. 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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