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Definitions for hypodermic
ˌhaɪ pəˈdɜr mɪkhy·po·der·mic

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. hypodermic syringe, hypodermic, hypoadjective

    a piston syringe that is fitted with a hypodermic needle for giving injections

  2. hypodermic, subcutaneousadjective

    relating to or located below the epidermis

    "hypodermic needle"; "subcutaneous implant"


  1. hypodermicnoun

    A hypodermic needle.


  1. hypodermicnoun

    A hypodermic syringe, needle or injection

  2. hypodermicadjective

    Of, or relating to the hypodermis, the layer beneath the dermis


  1. hypodermic

    A hypodermic needle (from Greek ὑπο- (hypo- = under), and δέρμα (derma = skin)), one of a category of medical tools which enter the skin, called sharps, is a very thin, hollow tube with one sharp tip. It is commonly used with a syringe, a hand-operated device with a plunger, to inject substances into the body (e.g., saline solution, solutions containing various drugs or liquid medicines) or extract fluids from the body (e.g., blood). Large-bore hypodermic intervention is especially useful in catastrophic blood loss or treating shock. A hypodermic needle is used for rapid delivery of liquids, or when the injected substance cannot be ingested, either because it would not be absorbed (as with insulin), or because it would harm the liver. It is also useful to deliver certain medications that cannot be delivered orally due to vomiting. There are many possible routes for an injection, with intramuscular (into a muscle) and intravenous (into a vein) being the most common. A hypodermic syringe has the ability to retain liquid and blood in it up to years after the last use and a great deal of caution should be taken to use a new syringe every time. The hypodermic needle also serves an important role in research environments where sterile conditions are required. The hypodermic needle significantly reduces contamination during inoculation of a sterile substrate. The hypodermic needle reduces contamination for two reasons: First, its surface is extremely smooth, which prevents airborne pathogens from becoming trapped between irregularities on the needle's surface, which would subsequently be transferred into the media (e.g. agar) as contaminants; second, the needle's surface is extremely sharp, which significantly reduces the diameter of the hole remaining after puncturing the membrane and consequently prevents microbes larger than this hole from contaminating the substrate.


  1. hypodermic

    Hypodermic refers to something that is related to the region immediately beneath the skin's surface. It is commonly used in medical terminology to describe instruments like hypodermic needles, which are used to inject or withdraw fluids from beneath the skin. The term comes from the Greek words "hypo" which means under, and "derma" which means skin.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hypodermicadjective

    of or pertaining to the parts under the skin

  2. Etymology: [See Hypoderma.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Hypodermic

    hī-po-der′mik, adj. relating to the parts under the skin, subcutaneous, esp. of a method of injecting a drug in solution under the skin by means of a fine hollow needle to which a small syringe is attached—also Hypoder′mal.—n. Hypoder′ma, the layer of colourless cells immediately beneath the epidermis of a leaf. [Gr. hypo, under, derma, the skin.]


  1. Hypodermic

    under the skin.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of hypodermic in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of hypodermic in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

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