sub·​der·​mal ˌsəb-ˈdər-məl How to pronounce subdermal (audio)
subdermally adverb

Examples of subdermal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Perhaps at a certain frequency the upstroke of a dolphin’s tail would load energy into the subdermal sheath, which would then spring back, helping push the tail through its downstroke. Carl Zimmer, Discover Magazine, 11 Nov. 2019 Pauley sports extensive body modifications in a photo released along with his charges, which includes half his face tattooed, including his eyeball, large-diameter gauge earrings and what appears to be subdermal metal spike horns through the top of his scalp. Flint McColgan Boston Herald (tns), al, 15 June 2023 So will the body piercing, the scarification, the branding, the transdermal and subdermal implants, the ear pointing, the teeth pointing, the tongue splitting, and any other body modifications that are for cosmetic purposes and not deemed medically necessary. Olivia Evans, The Courier-Journal, 30 Dec. 2022 Or, like subdermal-NFC-chip beta user Brandon Dalaly, by awkwardly rubbing their hands along the driver’s side door. Curbed, 22 Aug. 2022 The experience is personal and subdermal — objects communicate their values best when they are physically handled — with benefits like jobs and financial windfalls sometimes bubbling up unpredictably after the tidying is done. Julie Lasky, New York Times, 15 Nov. 2022 Though there is some redness and tightening of the subdermal scarring that will be addressed, Robert and Bhanusali say all looks promising. Joelle Goldstein,, 30 July 2021 The classic example is cutting post-breakup bangs, but maybe surviving a global pandemic requires something subdermal. Amanda Mull, The Atlantic, 7 Apr. 2021 What results is a subdermal, sub-corn syrup, crystal structure where the rapidly cooling gallium has formed unusual shapes. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 24 June 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1830, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of subdermal was in 1830

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Cite this Entry

“Subdermal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

Medical Definition


sub·​der·​mal -ˈdər-məl How to pronounce subdermal (audio)
: subcutaneous
a subdermal injection
subdermally adverb
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