Definition of hypodermic in English:

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hypodermic

Pronunciation: /ˌhīpəˈdərmik/

adjective

[attributive] Medicine
1Relating to the region immediately beneath the skin.
Example sentences
  • TpnI 6a exons, the transcripts of which are mainly expressed in larval hypodermic muscles, may have evolved similarly.
1.1(Of a needle or syringe) used to inject a drug or other substance beneath the skin.
Example sentences
  • He paid a $200 fine for possession of hypodermic syringes, needles, and other paraphernalia.
  • Last week, Riverside County voted 3-2 to reject a proposal to provide clean hypodermic needles to intravenous drug users.
  • The force required to move a syringe plunger is measured using a hypodermic syringe tester.
1.2(Of a drug or other substance or its application) injected beneath the skin.
Example sentences
  • But if instead of drinking the intoxicating liquor the victim takes it by hypodermic injection the Act does not apply, though the results may be equally disastrous.

noun

A hypodermic syringe or injection.
Example sentences
  • It's comparable to finding junky hypodermics in the gutter at the Magic Kingdom.
  • Today one can just use a needle and syringe to inject a drug into the bloodstream, but other means were needed in the days before hypodermics.
  • Leave your barrel in the street next to the supermarket trolley, the rotting sofa and the binbag full of used hypodermics.

Derivatives

hypodermically

Pronunciation: /-(ə)lē/
adverb
Example sentences
  • Morphine injected hypodermically was much more powerful and potentially addictive than opium taken orally.
  • If it is desirable to stop the sweating abruptly, atropine hypodermically may be resorted to.
  • The condition of these patients was alarming but improved under adrenalin hypodermically and artificial respiration.

Words that rhyme with hypodermic

taxidermic, thermic

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Syllabification: hy·po·der·mic

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