[teg-yuh-muh nt]


a covering or vestment; integument.

Origin of tegument

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin tegumentum, equivalent to tegu- (see tegmen) + -mentum -ment
Related formsteg·u·men·tal [teg-yuh-men-tl] /ˌtɛg yəˈmɛn tl/, teg·u·men·ta·ry [teg-yuh-men-tuh-ree, -tree] /ˌtɛg yəˈmɛn tə ri, -tri/, adjectivesub·teg·u·men·tal, adjectivesub·teg·u·men·ta·ry, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for tegument



a less common word for integument
Derived Formstegumental (ˌtɛɡjʊˈmɛntəl) or tegumentary, adjective

Word Origin for tegument

C15: from Latin tegumentum a covering, from tegere to cover
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Word Origin and History for tegument

mid-15c., from Latin tegumentum "a covering, a cover," from tegere "to cover," from PIE root *(s)teg- "to cover" (see stegosaurus).

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Medicine definitions for tegument




A natural outer covering; an integument.
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