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Meaning of hypodermis

hy•po•der•mis

Pronunciation: (hī"pu-dûr'mis), [key]
— n.
  1. an underlayer of epithelial cells in arthropods and certain other invertebrates that secretes substances for the overlying cuticle or exoskeleton.
  2. a tissue or layer of cells beneath the epidermis.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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