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(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.


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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Topic: Do Lungwurms have a lung?
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