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Tegument

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noun

(1) (anatomy) An outer covering of the body or of a bodily organ; an integument.

(2) (parasitology) Host-parasite interface.

(3) (virology) viral tegument: a cluster of proteins that aid in viral DNA replication and evasion of the immune response, located at the space between the cell membrane and nucleocapsid of many enveloped viruses.


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Word origin: Latin tegumentum from tegere (to cover).

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Do Lungwurms have a lung?

dear oberhaenslir, Lungworms are nematodes. As all nematodes, they do not have an well-developed respiratory system, but breath through their tegument(skin). And yes, they are called that because they infest vertebrate lungs. Cheers, Andrei

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by MrMistery
Mon Dec 15, 2008 4:59 am
 
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