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hypo-(word root) less than normal, insufficient, under
Examples of words with the root hypo-: hypodermic
See sodium thiosulfate.
[Short for hyposulfite.]
hy·po 2(hī′pō) Informal
n. pl. hy·pos
1. A hypodermic syringe.
2. A hypodermic injection.
tr.v. hy·poed, hy·po·ing, hy·pos
To stimulate by or as if by hypodermic injection: "pandering to community fears in order to hypo ratings" (Variety).
[Short for hypodermic.]
hy·po 3(hī′pō) Archaic
n. pl. hy·pos
often hypos A nervous disorder, especially depression or extreme anxiety focused on one's health.
[Short for hypochondria.]
(Elements & Compounds) another name for sodium thiosulphate, esp when used as a fixer in photographic developing
[C19: shortened from hyposulphite]
n, pl -pos
(Medicine) short for hypodermic syringe
n., pl. -pos, n.
1. a hypodermic syringe or injection.
2. a stimulus or boost.v.t.
3. to stimulate by or as if by administering a hypodermic injection; boost: to hypo a car by installing a bigger engine.
[1860–65; shortening of hyposulfite]
n., pl. -pos.
1. a hypochondriac.
2. Archaic. hypochondria.
[1710–20; by shortening]
a prefix meaning “under, below,” occurring esp. in words denoting an organ or location below a given body part (hypodermic; hypothalamus), or in terms denoting a body condition in which substances or functions are at below-normal levels ( hypothermia),sometimes as a counterpart to a word formed with hyper-; also used in the names of chemical compounds that are in a lower state of oxidation than a given compound (hyposulfurous acid).Also, esp. before a vowel, hyp-.
[< Greek, prefixal use of hypó under (preposition), below (adv.); c. Latin sub (see sub-)]
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|Noun||1.||hypo - a compound used as a fixing agent in photographic developing|
|2.||hypo - a piston syringe that is fitted with a hypodermic needle for giving injections|
autoinjector - a hypodermic syringe to use in injecting yourself with a liquid; "United States troops now carry atropine and autoinjectors in their first-aid kits to use in case of organophosphate nerve agent poisoning"
hypodermic needle - a hollow needle
syringe - a medical instrument used to inject or withdraw fluids