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[suhb-kyoo-tey-nee-uh s]
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  1. situated or lying under the skin, as tissue.
  2. performed or introduced under the skin, as an injection by a syringe.
  3. living below the several layers of the skin, as certain parasites.
Also sub·der·mal [suhb-dur-muh l] /sʌbˈdɜr məl/, sub·der·mic.

Origin of subcutaneous

From the Late Latin word subcutāneus, dating back to 1645–55. See sub-, cutaneous
Related formssub·cu·ta·ne·ous·ly, adverbsub·cu·ta·ne·ous·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for subcutaneous


  1. med situated, used, or introduced beneath the skina subcutaneous injection
Derived Formssubcutaneously, adverb

Word Origin

C17: from Late Latin subcutāneus, from sub- + Latin cutis skin + -eous
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Word Origin and History for subcutaneous


"under the skin," 1650s, from sub- + cutaneous. Related: Subcutaneously.

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subcutaneous in Medicine


  1. Located, found, or placed just beneath the skin; hypodermic.
Related formssub′cu•tane•ous•ly adv.
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subcutaneous in Science


  1. Located or placed just beneath the skin.
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