hypodermic

Hypodermic is a medical term that refers to anything related to just under the skin. A hypodermic needle injects medicine into your veins.

The prefix hypo- means "under," while the Latin word derma refers to "skin." You might remember this easily by thinking about the word dermatologist, which is a doctor who deals with skin issues. Hypodermic is also a noun that refers to a syringe, or needle, that pierces beneath the skin. As an adjective, hypodermic means anything that relates to or is found below the skin, like a hypodermic bruise.

Definitions of hypodermic
  1. noun
    a piston syringe that is fitted with a hypodermic needle for giving injections
    synonyms: hypo, hypodermic syringe
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    types:
    autoinjector
    a hypodermic syringe to use in injecting yourself with a liquid
    type of:
    syringe
    a medical instrument used to inject or withdraw fluids
  2. adjective
    relating to or located below the epidermis
    hypodermic needle”
    synonyms: subcutaneous
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