integument

noun
in·​teg·​u·​ment | \in-ˈte-gyə-mənt \

Definition of integument 

: something that covers or encloses especially : an enveloping layer (such as a skin, membrane, or cuticle) of an organism or one of its parts

Other Words from integument

integumentary \in-​ˌte-​gyə-​ˈmen-​t(ə-​)rē \ adjective

First Known Use of integument

circa 1611, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for integument

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

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integument

noun
in·​teg·​u·​ment | \in-ˈteg-yə-mənt \

Medical Definition of integument 

: an enveloping layer (as a skin, membrane, or husk) of an organism or one of its parts

Other Words from integument

integumentary \-​ˈment-​ə-​rē, -​ˈmen-​trē \ adjective

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