[ 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 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 forms

sub·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 Forms

subcutaneously, adverb

Word Origin for subcutaneous

C17: from Late Latin subcutāneus, from sub- + Latin cutis skin + -eous
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Medicine definitions for subcutaneously


[ sŭb′kyōō-tānē-əs ]


Located, found, or placed just beneath the skin; hypodermic.

Related forms

sub′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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