- 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.
Also hy·po·derm [hahy-puh-durm] /ˈhaɪ pəˌdɜrm/.
Origin of hypodermis
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Examples from the Web for hypodermis
The hypodermis of this region is of two distinct types of cells.Handbook of Medical Entomology
William Albert Riley
The term 'hypodermis' frequently applied to this layer is misleading.The Life-Story of Insects
Geo. H. Carpenter
The cells of the hypodermis multiply greatly, and lie one above the other in numerous layers.Our Common Insects
Alpheus Spring Packard
The hypodermis of the larva passes directly into that of the imago.The Works of Francis Maitland Balfour, Volume II (of 4)
Francis Maitland Balfour
The hypodermis is the immediate agent in effecting the external changes.
- 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
C19: from hypo- + epidermis
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- An epidermal layer of cells that secretes an overlying chitinous cuticle, as in arthropods.
- tela subcutanea
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