an injection device that forces a fine, high-pressure jet of fluid through the skin without breaking it
Chiefly associated with Star Trek.
1947 Asbury Park Evening Press (New Jersey) 21 Sept. 5/6
The Hyprospray [sic] forces medicine thru the skin under 2,800 pounds pressure per square inch, in a jet so small it doesn’t hit enough pain cells to register…. The use of the Hypospray has not as yet been extended to intramuscular injections.
1947 Life 24 Nov. 65/1
Known as the Hypospray, this new device ‘blasts’ a microscopically small jet of medicinal fluid into the body tissues.
1948 U.S. Patent Office Gazette 7 Sept. 69/1
Hypospray. R. P. Scherer Corporation, Detroit, Mich... For Hypodermic Injection Devices.
Chiram went to the medicine chest, loaded a hypospray. He motioned; Galt and Julius held Jay’s arms and legs; Chiram pressed the trigger, and the opiate seeped through Jay’s pale skin, into his blood, into his brain.
Ultimate Quest in Super Science Stories Sept. 49/2
He washed out the hypospray, returned the Guide to the rack, all with a sudden self-conscious awkwardness.
Masquerade on Dicantropus in Startling Stories Sept. 92/1
Lloyd emerged into consciousness sharply under the influence of the neutralizing hypospray.
Captives in Astounding Science-Fiction Jan. 143/1
An hour later, with food in his belly and something from the surgeon’s hypospray in his bloodstream to clear his brain, he was in the captain’s cabin.
Five Hells of Orion in Worlds of If Jan. 29/1
Getting up again, he went through McCoy’s hypospray rack until he found one of a dozen all labeled adrenaline.
Star Trek 5 68
McCoy recrossed the sickbay, hypospray in one hand, data chip in the other.
2013 SFX (#233) May 37/2
JJ [Abrams] gave Star Trek movies a much-needed shot in the arm (hypospray, naturally), reinventing a universe that had started to become stale.
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