a natural covering, as a skin, shell, or rind.
any covering, coating, enclosure, etc.

1605–15; < Latin integumentum a covering. See in-2, tegument

1. cortex, involucre, involucrum. Unabridged
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integument (ɪnˈtɛɡjʊmənt)
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
[C17: from Latin integumentum, from tegere to cover]

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Word Origin & History

1611, from L. integumentem "a covering," from in- "in, upon" + tegere "to cover" (see stegosaurus).
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integument in·teg·u·ment (ĭn-těg'yu-mənt)

  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.

in·teg'u·men'ta·ry (-měn'tə-rē, -měn'trē) adj.
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integument   (ĭn-těg'y-mənt)  Pronunciation Key 
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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Example sentences
The internal layer of the prepuce is directly continuous, along the line of the neck, with the integument over the glans.
The superficial fascia is found immediately beneath the integument over almost the entire surface of the body.
It is covered by the parotid gland, and by the integument.
The cutaneous stratum is derived from the integument lining the meatus.
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