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[teg-muh n] /ˈtɛg mən/
noun, plural tegmina
[teg-muh-nuh] /ˈtɛg mə nə/ (Show IPA)
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.
Origin of tegmen
1800-10; < Latin: covering (also tegumen, tegimen with anaptyctic vowel), equivalent to teg(ere) to cover + -men noun suffix
Related forms
[teg-muh-nl] /ˈtɛg mə nl/ (Show IPA),
subtegminal, adjective Unabridged
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  • Crinoids lack a madreporite, having instead a series of small pores in the tegmen, opening to the body cavity.
British Dictionary definitions for tegmen


noun (pl) -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 Forms
tegminal, adjective
Word Origin
C19: from Latin: a cover, variant of tegimen, from tegere to cover
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tegmen in Medicine

tegmen teg·men (těg'mən)
n. pl. teg·mi·na (-mə-nə)
A covering or an integument of a part. Also called tegmentum.

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