hypodermic

adjective
hy·​po·​der·​mic | \ˌhī-pə-ˈdər-mik \

Definition of hypodermic 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : adapted for use in or administered by injection beneath the skin

2 : of or relating to the parts beneath the skin

3 : resembling a hypodermic injection in effect : stimulating

hypodermic

noun

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Adjective

hypodermically \ˌhī-​pə-​ˈdər-​mi-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb

Synonyms for hypodermic

Synonyms: Noun

hype [slang], hypodermic needle, hypodermic syringe, needle, syringe

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Examples of hypodermic in a Sentence

Noun

he hardly felt it when the nurse stuck the hypodermic in his arm

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

That's led a handful of start-ups to develop alternatives to hypodermic syringes. Mike Feibus, USA TODAY, "Afraid of needles? These start-ups are working on alternatives," 8 July 2018 After obtaining a search warrant police found additional firearms, hundreds of rounds of ammunition, heroin/fentanyl residue, packaging materials, a digital scale, drug paraphernalia and hypodermic syringes, according to the sheriff’s department. Amanda Marrazzo, McHenry County, "Crystal Lake man charged with drug-induced homicide in McHenry County death," 22 June 2018 His job included helping expand the division’s sideline in hypodermic and suture needles. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "Raymond Neag, Medical-Device Industry Leader, Supported Education," 4 May 2018 Load small amount of marinade into hypodermic meat injector. Molly Kimball, NOLA.com, "Healthy Eggnog Frozen Yogurt recipe," 20 Dec. 2017 First up, the basics: Microchips are identification devices implanted between your dog or cat’s shoulder blades via hypodermic needle (no anesthesia necessary). Patty Khuly, miamiherald, "Their dog’s microchip failed. Here’s a possible reason why," 19 Aug. 2017 A woman was found in her husband's Bogalusa hospital room Tuesday (Aug. 15), with a tourniquet around her arm, a hypodermic needle stuck in her skin and suspected heroin and other drugs nearby, authorities said. Robert Rhoden, NOLA.com, "Wife found in husband's hospital room, needle in arm: police," 17 Aug. 2017 Scattered through the room are heads: mannequin heads, papier-mâché heads, other heads, one sporting a costume-ball mask and feather headpiece, another wearing a wig and sunglasses, a third stabbed at the scalp with hypodermic syringes. Nathan Heller, Vogue, "Chelsea Manning Changed the Course of History. Now She’s Focusing on Herself," 10 Aug. 2017 Police found Heidi Naegele, 35, unconscious on the floor with a hypodermic needle and loaded syringe of heroin next to her, police said. Mariel Padilla, Cincinnati.com, "Strangers administered Narcan to woman overdosing in Findlay market, police say," 17 July 2017

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First Known Use of hypodermic

Adjective

1863, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

circa 1889, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for hypodermic

Adjective

hypo- + -dermic (in endermic "acting through the skin," epidermic)

Note: Term apparently originated by the English surgeon Charles Hunter in "On the hypodermic treatment of diseases," The Retrospect of Medicine, vol. 39 (January-June, 1859), p. 50: "Medicinal substances may be introduced into the cellular tissue beneath the skin with the greatest facility by means of a minute syringe, and so introduced certain medicines will act with an extraordinary rapidity, and the most satisfactory result. To distinguish this plan of injecting beneath the skin from the epidermic and endermic, it would be as well perhaps to use similar phraseology, and call this the hypodermic method."

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English Language Learners Definition of hypodermic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: going under the skin

: used for putting fluids into or taking fluids out of the body by going under the skin

hypodermic

noun

English Language Learners Definition of hypodermic (Entry 2 of 2)

medical : a device that uses a thin, hollow needle for putting fluids into or taking fluids out of the body

hypodermic

adjective
hy·​po·​der·​mic | \-ˈdər-mik \

Medical Definition of hypodermic 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of or relating to the parts beneath the skin

2 : adapted for use in or administered by injection beneath the skin

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hypodermically \-​mi-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb

hypodermic

noun

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