hypodermis

noun
hy·​po·​der·​mis | \ˌhī-pə-ˈdər-məs \

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)

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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, "Dachshund blew up like a balloon, 'crackled like Bubble Wrap'," 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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hypodermis

noun
hy·​po·​der·​mis | \ˌhī-pə-ˈdər-məs \

Medical Definition of hypodermis 

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

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