hypodermic needle

noun

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2
: a hypodermic syringe complete with needle

Examples of hypodermic needle in a Sentence

doesn't mind getting shots as long as he doesn't catch sight of the hypodermic needle
Recent Examples on the Web Evidence of the accompanying social decay can be found coast to coast: in Portland streets littered with hypodermic needles and other waste, on San Francisco sidewalks covered with human feces and tent encampments, and with increasing numbers of people languishing on the streets of Los Angeles. Rachel Sheffield, The Mercury News, 10 Feb. 2024 Specifically, the hypodermic needles discarded by addicts on the streets of San Francisco. Bob Martin, Kansas City Star, 30 Jan. 2024 The sensory feast to which they were treated included the sights and smells of sprawling homeless encampments, and an obstacle course littered with hypodermic needles and all the diverse fecal ... Noah Rothman, National Review, 13 Nov. 2023 His bare legs and arms are covered in open sores, and a hypodermic needle dangles from one of his biceps. Jason L. Riley, WSJ, 22 Aug. 2023 Hundreds of unmarked hypodermic needles spilled out of the surf that afternoon, accompanied by vials and prescription bottles, along a 50-mile stretch of New Jersey beaches during peak tourist season. Jeremy Greene, The Atlantic, 29 Aug. 2023 The barbed quills also slide in with less force than a hypodermic needle of the same width, or than the quill of an African porcupine, which doesn’t have any barbs (see end of post). Ed Yong, Discover Magazine, 11 Dec. 2012 Prior to her move to London in September for graduate school, my friend Micaela, 27, received a warning from a friend in Germany about the prevalence of spiking throughout Europe – either by slipping a drug into a drink or injecting drugs into someone's body with a hypodermic needle. Nicole Fallert, USA TODAY, 4 Dec. 2022 In the days after the tragedy, much has been learned about the sequence of events that led to the cardiac arrests of several concert-goers, at least one stabbing (of a police officer with a hypodermic needle), along with hundreds more who were injured in the 50,000-strong crowd. Shirley Halperin, Variety, 8 Nov. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1909, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of hypodermic needle was circa 1909

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“Hypodermic needle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hypodermic%20needle. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

hypodermic needle

noun
1
2
: a hypodermic syringe complete with needle

Medical Definition

hypodermic needle

noun
1
2
: a hypodermic syringe complete with needle
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