Zoology. an underlayer of epithelial cells in arthropods and certain other invertebrates that secretes substances for the overlying cuticle or exoskeleton.
Botany. a tissue or layer of cells beneath the epidermis.

Nearby words

  1. hypodermic,
  2. hypodermic injection,
  3. hypodermic needle,
  4. hypodermic syringe,
  5. hypodermic tablet,
  6. hypodermoclysis,
  7. hypodontia,
  8. hypodorian,
  9. hypodorian mode,
  10. hypodynamia

Also hy·po·derm [hahy-puh-durm] /ˈhaɪ pəˌdɜrm/.

Origin of hypodermis

First recorded in 1865–70; hypo- + -dermis

Related formshy·po·der·mal, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for hypoderm



a variant of hypodermis
Derived Formshypodermal, adjective




botany a layer of thick-walled supportive or water-storing cells beneath the epidermis in some plants
zoology the epidermis of arthropods, annelids, etc, which secretes and is covered by a cuticle

Word Origin for hypodermis

C19: from hypo- + epidermis

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Medicine definitions for hypoderm




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

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