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  1. acting through the skin, as a medicine, by absorption.
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Origin of endermic

First recorded in 1825–35; en-1 + -derm + -ic
Related formsen·der·mi·cal·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for endermic

Historical Examples

  • The strongest of the formulas of Schleich may also be used for endermic infiltration.

    Surgery, with Special Reference to Podiatry

    Maximilian Stern

  • The endermic method is the one most generally employed in securing cocaine local anesthesia by injection.

British Dictionary definitions for endermic


  1. (of a medicine) acting by absorption through the skin
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Word Origin

C19: from en- ² + Greek derma skin
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endermic in Medicine


  1. Acting medicinally by absorption through the skin.
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