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hypodermic

adjective hy·po·der·mic \ ˌhī-pə-ˈdər-mik \
|Updated on: 17 Jul 2018

Definition of hypodermic

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

hypodermically

play \ˌhī-pə-ˈdər-mi-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

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Origin and Etymology of hypodermic

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."


Examples of hypodermic in a Sentence

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

Origin and Etymology of hypodermic

by shortening

hypodermic Synonyms


HYPODERMIC Defined for English Language Learners

hypodermic

Definition of hypodermic for English Language Learners

  • : going under the skin

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


hypodermic

Definition of hypodermic for English Language Learners

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


Medical Dictionary

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hypodermic

adjective hy·po·der·mic \ -ˈdər-mik \

medical Definition of hypodermic

1 : of or relating to the parts beneath the skin
2 : adapted for use in or administered by injection beneath the skin

hypodermically

play \-mi-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

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hypodermic

noun

medical Definition of hypodermic



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