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[ hahy-puh-dur-mis ]
/ ˌhaɪ pəˈdɜr mɪs /


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

hypodermic, hypodermic injection, hypodermic needle, hypodermic syringe, hypodermic tablet, hypodermis, hypodermoclysis, hypodontia, hypodorian, hypodorian mode, 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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for hypodermal

  • In this connection, Dr. Hagen remarks, that probably all mimetic colours are hypodermal.

    Colouration in Animals and Plants|Alfred Tylor
  • Dr. Hagen has divided the colours of insects into two classes, the epidermal and hypodermal.

  • Dermal glands: hypodermal unicellular glands which secrete wax, setae, spines, etc.

  • The hypodermal colours are usually lighter than the epidermal, and are sometimes changed by a voluntary act.

British Dictionary definitions for hypodermal



/ (ˌhaɪpəˈdɜːmɪs) /


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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medicine definitions for hypodermal


[ hī′pə-dûrmĭs ]


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