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[in-teg-yuh-muh nt] /ɪnˈtɛg yə mənt/
a natural covering, as a skin, shell, or rind.
any covering, coating, enclosure, etc.
Origin of integument
1605-15; < Latin integumentum a covering. See in-2, tegument
1. cortex, involucre, involucrum. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for integument
  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for integument


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
integumental, integumentary, adjective
Word Origin
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

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 in Science
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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