[ teg-muh n ]
/ ˈtɛg mən /

noun, plural teg·mi·na [teg-muh-nuh] /ˈtɛg mə nə/.

a cover, covering, or integument.
Botany. the delicate inner integument or coat of a seed.
(of certain orthopterous insects) one of a pair of leathery forewings that forms a protective covering for the hind wings.

Nearby words

  1. tefl,
  2. teflon,
  3. teflurane,
  4. teg,
  5. tegea,
  6. tegmen mastoideum,
  7. tegmental decussation,
  8. tegmental nucleus,
  9. tegmental syndrome,
  10. tegmentum

Origin of tegmen

1800–10; < Latin: covering (also tegumen, tegimen with anaptyctic vowel), equivalent to teg(ere) to cover + -men noun suffix

Related formsteg·mi·nal [teg-muh-nl] /ˈtɛg mə nl/, adjectivesub·teg·mi·nal, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for tegmen


/ (ˈtɛɡmən) /

noun plural -mina (-mɪnə)

either of the leathery forewings of the cockroach and related insects
the delicate inner covering of a seed
any similar covering or layer
Derived Formstegminal, adjective

Word Origin for tegmen

C19: from Latin: a cover, variant of tegimen, from tegere to cover

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Medicine definitions for tegmen


[ tĕgmən ]

n. pl. teg•mi•na (-mə-nə)

A covering or an integument of a part.tegmentum

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Science definitions for tegmen


[ tĕgmən ]

A covering or integument, such as the tough leathery forewing of certain insects or the inner coat of a seed.
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