hypodermis

noun
hy·​po·​der·​mis | \ ˌhī-pə-ˈdər-məs How to pronounce hypodermis (audio) \

Definition of hypodermis

1 : the tissue immediately beneath the epidermis of a plant especially when modified to serve as a supporting and protecting layer
2 : the cellular layer that underlies and secretes the chitinous cuticle (as of an arthropod)

Examples of hypodermis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web He was diagnosed with subcutaneous emphysema - a rare condition in which air gets trapped under the skin's lowest layer called the subcutis or hypodermis. The Washington Post, OregonLive.com, 1 June 2018

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First Known Use of hypodermis

circa 1866, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for hypodermis

hypo- + -dermis (in epidermis), probably after German Hypodermis

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The first known use of hypodermis was circa 1866

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“Hypodermis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hypodermis. Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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hypodermis

noun
hy·​po·​der·​mis | \ ˌhī-pə-ˈdər-məs How to pronounce hypodermis (audio) \

Medical Definition of hypodermis

1 : the cellular layer that underlies and secretes the chitinous cuticle (as of an arthropod)

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