Definition of integument in English:

integument

Syllabification: in·teg·u·ment
Pronunciation: /inˈtegyəmənt
 
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noun

  • A tough outer protective layer, especially that of an animal or plant.
    More example sentences
    • During development of the ovule, the inner of the two integuments disappears, while the outer integument differentiates into different layers of the seed coat.
    • Legumes possess highly differentiated seed coats that arise from the inner and outer integuments of the ovule.
    • The outer integument remains two cell layers thick throughout development and does not contribute to the micropyle.

Derivatives

integumental

Pronunciation: /-ˌtegyəˈmentl/
adjective
More example sentences
  • At least two types of integumental gland cells seem to exist in several species of Echinoderes, Pycnophyes, and Kinorhynchus, and they are arranged in species-specific patterns.
  • Pigmentary effectors enable crustaceans to display rapidly reversible integumental color changes and retinal screening pigment movements.
  • New theropod integumental structures have been repeatedly dismissed as connective tissues, such as frayed collagen fibers or ossified tendons.

integumentary

Pronunciation: /-ˌtegyəˈmentərē/
adjective
More example sentences
  • Almost all early integumentary systems have some kind of laminar bone or cartilage as a base layer.
  • We'll be studying the integumentary system first.
  • Hand lotions can provide a therapeutic measure, preventing dehydration, desquamation, loss of skin lipids, and damage to the integumentary system.

Origin

early 17th century (denoting a covering or coating): from Latin integumentum, from the verb integere, from in- 'in' + tegere 'to cover'.

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