[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. subcrepitant,
  2. subcritical,
  3. subcrustal,
  4. subculture,
  5. subcurrent,
  6. subcutaneous emphysema,
  7. subcutaneous fat necrosis of newborn,
  8. subcutaneous flap,
  9. subcutaneous mastectomy,
  10. subcutaneous operation

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for subcutaneously

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

  • Intramuscularly the toxicity is 30 percent greater than subcutaneously.

    All About Coffee|William H. Ukers
  • Easily and skilfully he injected, subcutaneously, the contents of the syringe into the muscles of the region over the heart.

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for subcutaneously


/ (ˌsʌbkjuːˈteɪnɪəs) /


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

Word Origin for subcutaneous

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for subcutaneously


[ sŭb′kyōō-tānē-əs ]


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

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Science definitions for subcutaneously


[ sŭb′kyōō-tānē-əs ]

Located or placed just beneath the skin.
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