- a hypodermic syringe or injection.
- a stimulus or boost.
Origin of hypo1
Origin of hypo2
First recorded in 1860–65; shortening of hyposulfite
Origin of hypo3
- 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 of hypo-
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Examples from the Web for hypo
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
- another name for sodium thiosulphate, esp when used as a fixer in photographic developing
C19: shortened from hyposulphite
- short for hypodermic syringe
before a vowel hyp-
- under, beneath, or belowhypodermic
- lower; at a lower pointhypogastrium
- less thanhypoploid
- (in medicine) denoting a deficiency or an abnormally low levelhypothyroid; hypoglycaemia
- incomplete or partialhypoplasia
- indicating that a chemical compound contains an element in a lower oxidation state than usualhypochlorous acid
from Greek, from hupo under
- indicating a plagal mode in musicHypodorian
from Greek: beneath (it lies a fourth below the corresponding authentic mode)
Word Origin and History for 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-).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A hypodermic syringe.
- A hypodermic injection.
- Below; beneath; under:hypochondriac.
- Less than normal; deficient:hypofunction.
- In the lowest state of oxidation:hypoxanthine.
- 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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