integumentary

adjective

in·​teg·​u·​men·​ta·​ry in-ˌte-gyə-ˈmen-t(ə-)rē How to pronounce integumentary (audio)
: of or relating to an enveloping or external layer or covering (as of skin, hair, scales, feathers, or cuticle) of an organism or one of its parts
the integumentary system
Were there whiskers, filaments or other integumentary structures on the snout and elsewhere?Darren Naish
especially : of, relating to, or affecting the skin : cutaneous
an integumentary tumor

Examples of integumentary in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Sum body Five components of the integumentary system: 1. Scott Lafee, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 Jan. 2023 The largest system, the integumentary and adipose tissues, consists mainly of skin and fat. Clara Moskowitz, Scientific American, 16 Oct. 2023 Neading’s presentation was followed by an opportunity for the students to move from room to room to learn about topics such as fingerprints and forensics, recreating skin injuries using makeup, and the tissues of the integumentary system (skin, hair, nails) using a microscope. Linda Gandee, cleveland, 25 Oct. 2021 Common surgical procedures in fish include coeliotomy for intracoelomic mass removal, reproductive procedures, gastrointestinal foreign body removal, radiotransmitter placement, and integumentary mass excision. Seriously Science, Discover Magazine, 4 Oct. 2016 Structure, innervation and response properties of integumentary sensory organs in crocodilians. Ed Yong, Discover Magazine, 8 Nov. 2012

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Word History

First Known Use

1831, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of integumentary was in 1831

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“Integumentary.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/integumentary. Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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