Definition of hypodermic in English:


Line breaks: hypo|der¦mic
Pronunciation: /hʌɪpə(ʊ)ˈdəːmɪk


[attributive] Medicine
  • 1Relating to the region immediately beneath the skin.
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    • 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.
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    • 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) injected beneath the skin.
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    • 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.


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  • A hypodermic syringe or injection: the hypodermics left strewn around the piazza
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    • 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.
    needle, syringe
    informal hype, spike



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  • 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.


mid 19th century: from hypo- 'under' + Greek derma 'skin' + -ic.

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