One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The integument of an organism, especially a parasitic flatworm.
epidermis, dermisView synonyms
- ‘A microvillous tegument was appreciated overlying a thin layer of smooth muscle and a single row of stromal cells.’
- ‘The similarity of the bacterial floras associated with the apical surface of the parasite tegument and the intestine of the host should be noted.’
- ‘The labellum indument resembles, although superficially, that of the hairy areas of an insect tegument.’
Late Middle English (in the general sense ‘a covering or coating’): from Latin tegumentum, from tegere ‘to cover’.
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