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1. a covering or investment.
2. the natural covering of the body; see skin.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.


(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]
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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.
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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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The variation in the integumental pore pattern as a "natural tag", at least in postlarval penaeid populations, may be considers another natural phenotypic marker.
El patron de perforacion integumental se ha perfilado como una herramienta nueva en la identificacion de los crustaceos, ya que es constante en cada especie y en cada uno de sus estadios, de aqui que el patron, numero y tipo de perforacion, formen un grupo de caracteres taxonomicos y filogeneticos utilizado para separar subespecies (Koomen 1992).
This was based upon the microscopic observation of the integumental morphogenesis of the dactylopodite and the propodite from a freshly cut pereiopod.
Habitus as in figure 3C, body relatively long, compact anteriorly, cephalosome with large rounded dorsal integumental window and length/ wide ratio = 1.1.
The formation of the larval retractor muscle was followed by formation of integumental attachment.
Higher animals cope with invading pathogens by the activities of a variety of defense systems involving elements of the integuments and the extracellular matrix, specialized immune defense cells, and effector proteins and peptides that are found at the integumental surfaces and in the blood.
No integumental color alteration has been reported in orchid bees to date.
2) are excavate medially, with an integumental projection (essentially a true spine, neither a tooth nor a typical mastidion) at the top of the excavation.
Pubescence testaceous to dark, matching the integumental ground color.
Studies of the physiological and morphological features of the bluish colorations of tropical fish have shown that the integumental bluish hues are generated by a multi-layered interference phenomenon of the "non-ideal" type in piles of extremely thin-film reflecting platelets formed inside the iridophores (9-13).