integument

noun

in·​teg·​u·​ment in-ˈte-gyə-mənt How to pronounce integument (audio)
: something that covers or encloses
especially : an enveloping layer (such as a skin, membrane, or cuticle) of an organism or one of its parts

Examples of integument in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Nevertheless, this study’s findings are among the first evidence that environmental sources of sulfur — such as the soil — can profoundly influence the color of integument like fur or feathers. Grrlscientist, Forbes, 18 Apr. 2023

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Word History

Etymology

Latin integumentum, from integere to cover, from in- + tegere to cover — more at thatch

First Known Use

circa 1611, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of integument was circa 1611

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Cite this Entry

“Integument.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/integument. Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

integument

noun
in·​teg·​u·​ment in-ˈteg-yə-mənt How to pronounce integument (audio)
: something that covers or encloses
especially : an outer enclosing layer (as a skin, membrane, or cuticle) of a living thing or one of its parts
integumentary adjective

Medical Definition

integument

noun
in·​teg·​u·​ment in-ˈteg-yə-mənt How to pronounce integument (audio)
: an enveloping layer (as a skin, membrane, or husk) of an organism or one of its parts
integumentary adjective

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