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hypodermis

[hahy-puh-dur-mis] /ˌhaɪ pəˈdɜr mɪs/
noun
1.
Zoology. an underlayer of epithelial cells in arthropods and certain other invertebrates that secretes substances for the overlying cuticle or exoskeleton.
2.
Botany. a tissue or layer of cells beneath the epidermis.
Also, hypoderm [hahy-puh-durm] /ˈhaɪ pəˌdɜrm/ (Show IPA).
Origin of hypodermis
1865-1870
1865-70; hypo- + -dermis
Related forms
hypodermal, adjective
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Examples from the Web for hypoderm
Historical Examples
  • The cells of epiderm and hypoderm may be so similar that they appear to form a single tissue.

    The Genus Pinus George Russell Shaw
  • The stomata of Pine leaves are depressed below the surface and interrupt the continuity of epiderm and hypoderm.

    The Genus Pinus George Russell Shaw
  • Some cells about the fibro-vascular bundle acquire thick walls with the appearance and chemical reaction of the hypoderm cells.

    The Genus Pinus George Russell Shaw
  • Epiderm and hypoderm of the leaf similar, appearing as a single tissue; resin-ducts external.

    The Genus Pinus George Russell Shaw
  • Its leaf-section is peculiar in the remarkable size of the inner cells of the hypoderm, especially in the angles of the leaf.

    The Genus Pinus George Russell Shaw
British Dictionary definitions for hypoderm

hypoderm

/ˈhaɪpəˌdɜːm/
noun
1.
a variant of hypodermis
Derived Forms
hypodermal, adjective

hypodermis

/ˌhaɪpəˈdɜːmɪs/
noun
1.
(botany) a layer of thick-walled supportive or water-storing cells beneath the epidermis in some plants
2.
(zoology) the epidermis of arthropods, annelids, etc, which secretes and is covered by a cuticle
Word Origin
C19: from hypo- + epidermis
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hypoderm in Medicine

hypodermis hy·po·der·mis (hī'pə-dûr'mĭs) or hy·po·derm (hī'pə-dûrm')
n.

  1. An epidermal layer of cells that secretes an overlying chitinous cuticle, as in arthropods.

  2. See tela subcutanea.

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