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A natural outer covering; an integument.
teg′u·men′ta·ry (-mĕn′tə-rē, -mĕn′trē), teg′u·men′tal (-mĕn′tl) adj.
(Biology) a less common word for integument
[C15: from Latin tegumentum a covering, from tegere to cover]
tegumental, ˌteguˈmentary adj
teg•u•ment(ˈtɛg yə mənt)
a covering or vestment; integument.
teg`u•men′tal (-ˈmɛn tl) teg`u•men′ta•ry, adj.
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|Noun||1.||tegument - a natural protective body covering and site of the sense of touch; "your skin is the largest organ of your body"|
investment - outer layer or covering of an organ or part or organism
thick skin - skin that is very thick (as an elephant or rhinoceros)
body covering - any covering for the body or a body part
pressure point - an area on the skin that is highly sensitive to pressure; "you must know the pressure points in order to administer shiatsu"
buff - bare skin; naked; "swimming in the buff"
dewlap - a hanging fold of loose skin on an elderly person's neck
skin cell - any of the cells making up the skin
macule, macula - a patch of skin that is discolored but not usually elevated; caused by various diseases
liver spot - a type of skin disease that causes brown spots on the skin
pore - any small opening in the skin or outer surface of an animal
scab - the crustlike surface of a healing skin lesion
connective tissue - tissue of mesodermal origin consisting of e.g. collagen fibroblasts and fatty cells; supports organs and fills spaces between them and forms tendons and ligaments
integumentary system - the skin and its appendages
free nerve ending - microscopic sensory nerve endings in the skin that are not connected to any specific sensory receptor
Pacinian corpuscle - a specialized bulblike nerve ending located in the subcutaneous tissue of the skin; occurs abundantly in the skin of palms and soles and joints and genitals
scalp - the skin that covers the top of the head; "they wanted to take his scalp as a trophy"
cuticle - the dead skin at the base of a fingernail or toenail
agnail, hangnail - a loose narrow strip of skin near the base of a fingernail; tearing it produces a painful sore that is easily infected
crinkle, wrinkle, furrow, crease, seam, line - a slight depression in the smoothness of a surface; "his face has many lines"; "ironing gets rid of most wrinkles"
melanin - insoluble pigments that account for the color of e.g. skin and scales and feathers