The integument of an organism, especially a parasitic flatworm.‘The labellum indument resembles, although superficially, that of the hairy areas of an insect tegument.’
- ‘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.’
Late Middle English (in the general sense ‘a covering or coating’): from Latin tegumentum, from tegere ‘to cover’.
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