[ suhb-kyoo-tey-nee-uhs ]

  1. situated or lying under the skin, as tissue.

  2. performed or introduced under the skin, as an injection by a syringe.

  1. living below the several layers of the skin, as certain parasites.

Origin of subcutaneous

From the Late Latin word subcutāneus, dating back to 1645–55. See sub-, cutaneous
  • Also sub·der·mal [suhb-dur-muhl], /sʌbˈdɜr məl/, sub·der·mic.

Other words from subcutaneous

  • sub·cu·ta·ne·ous·ly, adverb
  • sub·cu·ta·ne·ous·ness, noun

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How to use subcutaneous in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for subcutaneous


/ (ˌsʌbkjuːˈteɪnɪəs) /

  1. med situated, used, or introduced beneath the skin: a subcutaneous injection

Origin of subcutaneous

C17: from Late Latin subcutāneus, from sub- + Latin cutis skin + -eous

Derived forms of subcutaneous

  • subcutaneously, adverb

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Scientific definitions for subcutaneous


[ sŭb′kyōō-tānē-əs ]

  1. Located or placed just beneath the skin.

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