hypodermic

adjective
hy·​po·​der·​mic | \ ˌhī-pə-ˈdər-mik How to pronounce hypodermic (audio) \

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

Definition of hypodermic (Entry 2 of 2)

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Adjective

hypodermically \ ˌhī-​pə-​ˈdər-​mi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce hypodermically (audio) \ adverb

Synonyms for hypodermic

Synonyms: Noun

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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 Klosek’s pocked was stuffed with fentanyl and hypodermic needles. Edmund H. Mahony, courant.com, "Suburban dad who fueled his drug habit by selling dozens of guns to violent Hartford drug dealers sentenced to 46 months in prison," 14 Oct. 2020 Officers were able to awaken him and during the investigation, found several items of drug paraphernalia including two hypodermic needles. cleveland, "Officers find man slumped over steering wheel, find drugs: Rocky River Police Blotter," 30 Sep. 2020 Tales abound of nightmarish encounters with the hypodermic-needle-like hairs of its leaves injecting a toxin that drives men to madness and has prompted horses to hurl themselves off cliffs. Katherine J. Wu New York Times, Star Tribune, "Please don't touch the tree that bites like a spider," 24 Sep. 2020 Vetter explains in a statement that the leaves’ hairs act like hypodermic needles that inject venom into the skin. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "How Venomous Australian Stinging Trees Cause So Much Pain," 22 Sep. 2020 Police removed the backpack from the car and found three hypodermic syringes, part of a straw, a metal spoon and a crushed pill inside a small plastic bag. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, "Woman chases man who stole T-shirt: Berea Police Blotter," 4 Sep. 2020 The man said his backpack, which was in a Saturn Ion parked in the street, contained hypodermic needles. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, "Woman chases man who stole T-shirt: Berea Police Blotter," 4 Sep. 2020 Police spotted used and unused hypodermic needles, three metal caps commonly used to heat heroin and several lighters in the couple’s car. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, "Heroin users steal candy, Slim Jims from Speedway; man solicits woman for sex on dating website: Berea police blotter," 18 June 2020 In the last fiscal year, the program cleaned 3,122 campsites, removed 8,400 gallons of human waste, 1,300 tons of garbage, and removed 28,909 hypodermic syringes. oregonlive, "Portland to resume homeless camp clean-ups after divided City Council votes unanimously," 8 Jan. 2020

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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."

Noun

by shortening

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The first known use of hypodermic was in 1863

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26 Oct 2020

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“Hypodermic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hypodermic. Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

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hypodermic

adjective
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English Language Learners Definition of hypodermic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

medical
: 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 How to pronounce hypodermic (audio) \

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

Other Words from hypodermic

hypodermically \ -​mi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce hypodermically (audio) \ adverb

hypodermic

noun

Medical Definition of hypodermic (Entry 2 of 2)

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