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hypodermis

[hahy-puh-dur-mis] /ˌhaɪ pəˈdɜr mɪs/
noun
1.
Zoology. an underlayer of epithelial cells in arthropods and certain other invertebrates that secretes substances for the overlying cuticle or exoskeleton.
2.
Botany. a tissue or layer of cells beneath the epidermis.
Also, hypoderm.
Origin
1865-1870
1865-70; hypo- + -dermis
Related forms
hypodermal, adjective
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Examples from the web for hypodermis
  • Sclerenchymatous cells mainly occur in hypodermis, pericycle, secondary xylem and phloem.
  • hypodermis the hypodermis is not part of the skin, and lies below the dermis.
British Dictionary definitions for hypodermis

hypodermis

/ˌhaɪpəˈdɜːmɪs/
noun
1.
(botany) a layer of thick-walled supportive or water-storing cells beneath the epidermis in some plants
2.
(zoology) the epidermis of arthropods, annelids, etc, which secretes and is covered by a cuticle
Word Origin
C19: from hypo- + epidermis
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hypodermis in Medicine

hypodermis hy·po·der·mis (hī'pə-dûr'mĭs) or hy·po·derm (hī'pə-dûrm')
n.

  1. An epidermal layer of cells that secretes an overlying chitinous cuticle, as in arthropods.

  2. See tela subcutanea.

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