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hypo1

[hahy-poh] /ˈhaɪ poʊ/ Informal.
noun, plural hypos.
1.
a hypodermic syringe or injection.
2.
a stimulus or boost.
verb (used with object)
3.
to administer a hypodermic injection to.
4.
to stimulate by or as if by administering a hypodermic injection.
5.
to increase, boost, or augment:
to hypo the car's power by installing a bigger engine.
Origin of hypo1
by shortening of hypodermic; sense “stimulate” perhaps by association with hype1; see -o

hypo2

[hahy-poh] /ˈhaɪ poʊ/
Origin
First recorded in 1860-65; shortening of hyposulfite

hypo3

[hahy-poh] /ˈhaɪ poʊ/
noun, Archaic.
Origin
by shortening

hypo-

1.
a prefix appearing in loanwords from Greek, where it meant “under” (hypostasis); on this model used, especially as opposed to hyper-, in the formation of compound words (hypothyroid).
Also, especially before a vowel, hyp-.
Origin
< Greek, combining form of hypó under (preposition), below (adv.); cognate with Latin sub (see sub-); cf. up
Can be confused
hyper-, hypo-.
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Examples from the Web for hypo
Historical Examples
  • They spotted him and a confederate slipped a hypo into his arm.

    Poisoned Air Sterner St. Paul Meek
  • Iodide of silver, dissolved in a saturated solution of hypo.

  • It is necessary that prints to be toned shall contain no trace of hypo.

  • This can best be effected just after the prints come from the hypo.

  • It muttered and clucked to itself as it used the hypo which Johnny could not feel.

    Far from Home J.A. Taylor
  • The bottles of liquid and the hypo gun went into his belt pouch.

    The Judas Valley Gerald Vance
  • By adding an excess of "hypo," the skins can be bleached until they are nearly white.

    Leather K. J. Adcock
  • Always did like to be around where you smelled developer and hypo, so I stuck around.

    Riddle of the Storm Roy J. Snell
  • There should be some excess of hypo at the end of the process.

    Animal Proteins Hugh Garner Bennett
  • The use of many other reducing agents has been suggested as substitutes for hypo.

    Animal Proteins Hugh Garner Bennett
British Dictionary definitions for hypo

hypo1

/ˈhaɪpəʊ/
noun
1.
another name for sodium thiosulphate, esp when used as a fixer in photographic developing
Word Origin
C19: shortened from hyposulphite

hypo2

/ˈhaɪpəʊ/
noun (informal) (pl) -pos
1.
short for hypodermic syringe

hypo-

prefix
1.
under, beneath, or below: hypodermic
2.
lower; at a lower point: hypogastrium
3.
less than: hypoploid
4.
(in medicine) denoting a deficiency or an abnormally low level: hypothyroid, hypoglycaemia
5.
incomplete or partial: hypoplasia
6.
indicating that a chemical compound contains an element in a lower oxidation state than usual: hypochlorous acid
Word Origin
from Greek, from hupo under

Hypo-

prefix
1.
indicating a plagal mode in music: Hypodorian
Word Origin
from Greek: beneath (it lies a fourth below the corresponding authentic mode)
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Word Origin and History for hypo
n.

1711, "depression," short for hypochondria; 1904 as short for hypodermic needle.

hypo-

word-forming element meaning "under, beneath" (in chemistry, indicating a lesser oxidation), from hypo-, comb. form of Greek hypo (prep. and adverb) "under," from PIE *upo- "under, up from under, over" (see sub-).

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hypo in Medicine

hypo hy·po (hī'pō)
n.

  1. A hypodermic syringe.

  2. A hypodermic injection.

hypo- or hyp-
pref.

  1. Below; beneath; under: hypochondriac.

  2. Less than normal; deficient: hypofunction.

  3. In the lowest state of oxidation: hypoxanthine.

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hypo in Science
hypo- or hyp-  
A prefix that means "beneath" or "below," as in hypodermic, below the skin. It also means "less than normal," especially in medical terms like hypoglycemia. In the names of chemical compounds, it means "at the lowest state of oxidation," as in sodium hypochlorite.
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Slang definitions & phrases for hypo

hypo

noun

  1. A hypodermic needle
  2. A hypodermic injection
  3. A drug addict who injects narcotics; hype1 (1940s+ Narcotics)

verb

To stimulate or strengthen; beef up: a wilted record player hypoed by a pooped-out public address system (1960s+)

[1904+; fr hypodermic, referring to a needle or an injection]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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