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integument

Pronunciation: in-teg'yu-ment

Definition:

  1. The enveloping membrane of the body; includes, in addition to the epidermis and dermis, all the derivatives of the epidermis, hairs, nails, sudoriferous and sebaceous glands, and mammary glands, as well as the subcutaneous tissue.
  2. The rind, capsule, or covering of any body or part.

Synonym(s): tegument2

[L. integumentum, a covering, fr. intego, to cover]

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