Definition of hypodermic in English:



  • 1[attributive] 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.
      • ‘It can also be spread among drug users via shared hypodermic needles.’
      • ‘He paid a $200 fine for possession of hypodermic syringes, needles, and other paraphernalia.’
      • ‘The force required to move a syringe plunger is measured using a hypodermic syringe tester.’
      • ‘Last week, Riverside County voted 3-2 to reject a proposal to provide clean hypodermic needles to intravenous drug users.’
      • ‘‘Clean it up,’ Zornitza snapped, reaching for her ampoule and hypodermic syringe.’
    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’
    • ‘‘Empty,’ he sighed, nudging the hypodermic with his gun.’
    • ‘The words slipped out easy, spent of any real conviction, like a used hypodermic.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘One more shot and I'll let you go home,’ Dr. Kentwood cooed as he fooled with the hypodermic in his grasp.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We see our young hero struggling with his asthma, which is treated with old-fashioned glass hypodermics of adrenaline.’
    • ‘‘I'm going to give him some morphine,’ Rob said, taking the hypodermic out of the packaged and inserting in into the bottle.’
    • ‘It's comparable to finding junky hypodermics in the gutter at the Magic Kingdom.’
    • ‘She was particularly concerned about an alleyway going behind the school as a possible dumping ground for hypodermics.’
    • ‘Also I had this dream in which I was escaping from a grapefruit farm, pursued by people with hypodermics filled with Botox.’
    • ‘The nurse with the hypodermic said the vaccine she would inject in my bicep included antibodies for a flu virus originating in New Caledonia.’
    • ‘It looks brute ugly, but I almost prefer it to the display of hypodermics.’
    • ‘Since a bright yellow liquid sloshed around inside the hypodermic, it looked like today I was getting more drugs.’
    • ‘Quartz pulls a hypodermic filled with a clear sparkling liquid out of his bag.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Leave your barrel in the street next to the supermarket trolley, the rotting sofa and the binbag full of used hypodermics.’
    • ‘The hypodermic was empty; and he twisted its cold glass surface about in his right hand fingers.’
    • ‘Effie put down the medical bag, took out a hypodermic and filled it with a powerful sedative.’
    • ‘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.’
    needle, syringe
    hype, spike
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Mid 19th century: from hypo- ‘under’ + Greek derma skin + -ic.