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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web 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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Mar. 2023.

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