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1. a covering or investment.
2. the natural covering of the body; see skin.
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(in-teg'yū-ment), [TA]
1. The enveloping membrane of the body; includes, in addition to the epidermis and dermis, all the derivatives of the epidermis, for example, 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): tegument (2)
[L. integumentum, a covering, fr. intego, to cover]
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012


1. The enveloping membrane of the body, including the dermis, epidermis, hairs, nails, and sebaceous, mammary, and sweat glands.
2. The membrane, capsule, skin, or other covering of any body or part.

in·teg′u·men′ta·ry (-mĕn′tə-rē, -mĕn′trē) adj.
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(in-teg'yū-mĕnt) [TA]
1. The enveloping membrane of the body; includes, in addition to the epidermis and dermis, all of the derivatives of the epidermis, e.g., hairs, nails, and sebaceous sweat, and mammary glands.
2. The rind, capsule, or covering of any body or part.
Synonym(s): integumentum commune [TA] , tegument.
[L. integumentum, a covering, fr. intego, to cover]
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Any outer covering, such as the skin or the outer membrane layer of an organ or the capsule of an organism or spore. When the term is used without qualification, the skin is implied.
Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005


  1. (in flowering plants) the covering of the central tissue (nucellus) of the OVULE that contains the EMBRYO SAC. Most flowering plants possess both an inner and outer integument, which on hardening forms the TESTA of the seed.
  2. (in insects) the cuticle.
Collins Dictionary of Biology, 3rd ed. © W. G. Hale, V. A. Saunders, J. P. Margham 2005


The medical name for the skin.
Mentioned in: Malignant Melanoma
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Patient discussion about integument

Q. What are the causes of viral blisters on the skin? For a few months now I've been having these hard viral blisters on my fingers. The only way to get rid of them is with freezed carbon. It does go away with that treatment- after a few weeks but then a new one appears. How can I prevent it from "attacking" again??

A. These viral blisters you are describing are caused by HPV (papilloma virus), and are very hard to get rid of without treatment with freezed carbon. Many of us have the virus but not everyone gets the actual infection. There is not a proved way of preventing from it to happen again after treatment, unfortunately..

Q. anyone knows how to stop hard skin on the feet from becoming cracked??? during summer my feet got lots of hard skin and in the heel area the skin actually got cracked kinda deep. it hurts now and the cracks are starting to get infected I guess... do u guys know how to solve this?? I know there are some creams for that but I thought maybe now it's too late for that and I need something stronger?

A. There are good creams for moisterizing the skin of your feet on a daily basis, however now that you feel they might be infected you should see a dermatologist for some better treatment.

Q. How can you know if a mole is a skin cancer or not? I'm only 15, but I’ve had this small thing on my right shoulder for a reeeeaaaally long time. It's the same color as my skin. It’s smaller than the head of a pencil eraser, perfectly round, and its smooth. I've never worried about it seriously, until about a week ago, when I read an article in a magazine about skin cancer. Even then I wouldn't have worried about it, because It didn't really match any of the symptoms, except one. It did bleed once about 2 1/2 years ago. And it said bleeding was a big sign I don't know, what do you think? And please try and say something other than," go have it checked out". Because I currently have no insurance. Thanks :]

A. If I’m not mistaken- there are clinics that do free checkups for skin cancer. I know that in my town there are couple. Here is a link I got when I googled “do free checks for skin cancer”:
look for one near your home.

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By comparing the protein content of the whole seeds in relation to the seeds without integument, it is possible to observe that the elevated nitrogen portion participates in the cowpea integument constitution.
It can be recognized apart from described congeneric species by its small size, proportionately long pubescence over a dull coarsely punctured dorsal integument, and the dark infuscate integument, with brown-yellow pronotal and elytral vittae.
[41.] Bairati A, Comazzi M, Gioria M (2000) An ultrastructural study of connective tissue in mollusc integument: I.
terrea in having the integument strongly granulated and tuberculate, body greenish mottled with dark brown; median inner area of hind femur greenish, fastigium of vertex without apical furrow, cercus almost as long as the paraproct in female, ventral aedeagal valves dorsally flattened and curved outwards, lophi lobiform but wide.
Trained judges, who assess the presence of integuments, product integrality, grain size-uniformity and coloration, and broth consistency and coloration, and verify the visual appearance.
The integuments started with periclinal and oblique divisions at the base of the nucellus.
The present study represents a first approximation of the mechanics of myxinid integument, in which we subjected all fabricated skin samples from all study species to quasistatic, uniaxial tensile tests to failure.
According to Bower and Blackbourn (2003), the fungus invaded the two acellular layers forming the integument of the siphon and mantle, but did not penetrate into the epithelium or into the musculature.
The collapse of the integument and the increase in the cavity, observed in the nine species, were also evidenced in other species, as Vernonia cinerea Less.
Lipomas are benign lesions composed of adipose tissue typically found in the integument, gastrointestinal tract, or central nervous system.
Flying squirrel (tribe of pteromyini) and Petaurus breviceps are very similar to each other with their big eyes, the white bellies and the stiff integument segment that takes place between their arm and legs and provides soaring and keeping the balance; therefore, they have been regarded as close relatives.