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  1. characterized by the introduction of medicine or drugs under the skin: hypodermic injection.
  2. introduced under the skin: a hypodermic medication.
  3. pertaining to parts under the skin.
  4. stimulating; energizing.
  1. a hypodermic remedy.
  2. a hypodermic injection.
  3. hypodermic syringe.
  4. the administration of drugs into subcutaneous body tissues.

Origin of hypodermic

First recorded in 1860–65; hypoderm(a) + -ic
Related formshy·po·der·mi·cal·ly, adverb
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Related Words for hypodermic

injection, shot, bing, hypodermic, hypospray

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British Dictionary definitions for hypodermic


  1. of or relating to the region of the skin beneath the epidermis
  2. injected beneath the skin
  1. a hypodermic syringe or needle
  2. a hypodermic injection
Derived Formshypodermically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for hypodermic

1830, from hypo- "under" + derma "skin" + -ic.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

hypodermic in Medicine


  1. Of or relating to the layer just beneath the epidermis.
  2. Relating to the hypodermis.
  3. Injected beneath the skin.
  1. A hypodermic injection.
  2. A hypodermic needle.
  3. A hypodermic syringe.
Related formshy′po•dermi•cal•ly adv.
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