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[suhb-kyoo-tey-nee-uh s] /ˌsʌb kyuˈteɪ ni əs/
situated or lying under the skin, as tissue.
performed or introduced under the skin, as an injection by a syringe.
living below the several layers of the skin, as certain parasites.
Also, subdermal
[suhb-dur-muh l] /sʌbˈdɜr məl/ (Show IPA),
Origin of subcutaneous
From the Late Latin word subcutāneus, dating back to 1645-55. See sub-, cutaneous
Related forms
subcutaneously, adverb
subcutaneousness, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for subcutaneously
Historical Examples
  • Intramuscularly the toxicity is 30 percent greater than subcutaneously.

    All About Coffee William H. Ukers
  • Arecolin in one-half grain doses, subcutaneously, has given as much satisfaction as any other drug.

    Special Report on Diseases of the Horse United States Department of Agriculture
  • Easily and skilfully he injected, subcutaneously, the contents of the syringe into the muscles of the region over the heart.

    Rolling Stones

    O. Henry
  • The thing typified all that was fast, insecure, and subcutaneously oily in modern life.

British Dictionary definitions for subcutaneously


(med) situated, used, or introduced beneath the skin: a subcutaneous injection
Derived Forms
subcutaneously, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Late Latin subcutāneus, from sub- + Latin cutis skin + -eous
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Word Origin and History for subcutaneously



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

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subcutaneously in Medicine

subcutaneous sub·cu·ta·ne·ous (sŭb'kyōō-tā'nē-əs)
Abbr. s.c., SQ
Located, found, or placed just beneath the skin; hypodermic.

sub'cu·ta'ne·ous·ly adv.
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subcutaneously in Science
Located or placed just beneath the skin.
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