substructure

[ suhb-struhk-cher, suhb-struhk- ]
/ sʌbˈstrʌk tʃər, ˈsʌbˌstrʌk- /

noun

a structure forming the foundation of a building or other construction.
the foundations, piers, and abutments upon which the trusses or girders of the spans of a bridge rest.
any basic structure or organization.

Origin of substructure

First recorded in 1720–30; sub- + structure

Related forms

sub·struc·tur·al, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for substructure

substructure

/ (ˈsʌbˌstrʌktʃə) /

noun

a structure, pattern, etc, that forms the basis of anything
a structure forming a foundation or framework for a building or other construction

Derived Forms

substructural, adjective
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Medicine definitions for substructure

substructure

[ sŭbstrŭk′chər ]

n.

A tissue or structure wholly or partly beneath the surface.

Related forms

sub•structur•al adj.
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