Definition of hypodermic in English:



  • 1Medicine
    Relating to the region immediately beneath the skin.

    ‘TpnI 6a exons, the transcripts of which are mainly expressed in larval hypodermic muscles, may have evolved similarly.’
    1. 1.1(of a needle or syringe) used to inject a drug or other substance beneath the skin.
      • ‘He paid a $200 fine for possession of hypodermic syringes, needles, and other paraphernalia.’
      • ‘Last week, Riverside County voted 3-2 to reject a proposal to provide clean hypodermic needles to intravenous drug users.’
      • ‘The force required to move a syringe plunger is measured using a hypodermic syringe tester.’
      • ‘‘Clean it up,’ Zornitza snapped, reaching for her ampoule and hypodermic syringe.’
      • ‘It can also be spread among drug users via shared hypodermic needles.’
    2. 1.2(of a drug or other substance) injected beneath the skin.
      ‘But if instead of drinking the intoxicating liquor the victim takes it by hypodermic injection the Act does not apply, though the results may be equally disastrous.’


  • A hypodermic syringe or injection.

    ‘the hypodermics left strewn around the piazza’
    • ‘It's comparable to finding junky hypodermics in the gutter at the Magic Kingdom.’
    • ‘Today one can just use a needle and syringe to inject a drug into the bloodstream, but other means were needed in the days before hypodermics.’
    • ‘Leave your barrel in the street next to the supermarket trolley, the rotting sofa and the binbag full of used hypodermics.’
    • ‘Also I had this dream in which I was escaping from a grapefruit farm, pursued by people with hypodermics filled with Botox.’
    • ‘She was particularly concerned about an alleyway going behind the school as a possible dumping ground for hypodermics.’
    • ‘It looks brute ugly, but I almost prefer it to the display of hypodermics.’
    • ‘We see our young hero struggling with his asthma, which is treated with old-fashioned glass hypodermics of adrenaline.’
    • ‘Jamison was at the bedside and took a hypodermic from the nurse, all the while beginning a steady stream of talk to the sick man.’
    • ‘‘Empty,’ he sighed, nudging the hypodermic with his gun.’
    • ‘The words slipped out easy, spent of any real conviction, like a used hypodermic.’
    • ‘‘One more shot and I'll let you go home,’ Dr. Kentwood cooed as he fooled with the hypodermic in his grasp.’
    • ‘The user carries a pressure injector-style hypodermic which contains a very special kind of silicon saline suspension solution.’
    • ‘I just use a hypodermic with a heavy-gauge needle to suck out the paint, and another one to put in holy water.’
    • ‘I just wanted us to be able to point out that that hypodermic did not have a needle attached and it was a painless application.’
    • ‘The nurse with the hypodermic said the vaccine she would inject in my bicep included antibodies for a flu virus originating in New Caledonia.’
    • ‘‘I'm going to give him some morphine,’ Rob said, taking the hypodermic out of the packaged and inserting in into the bottle.’
    • ‘Since a bright yellow liquid sloshed around inside the hypodermic, it looked like today I was getting more drugs.’
    • ‘Effie put down the medical bag, took out a hypodermic and filled it with a powerful sedative.’
    • ‘The hypodermic was empty; and he twisted its cold glass surface about in his right hand fingers.’
    • ‘Quartz pulls a hypodermic filled with a clear sparkling liquid out of his bag.’
    needle, syringe
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Mid 19th century from hypo-‘under’ + Greek derma ‘skin’ + -ic.