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[suhb-kyoo-tis] /sʌbˈkyu tɪs/
noun, Anatomy
the deeper layer of the dermis, containing mostly fat and connective tissue.
Origin of subcutis
1895-1900; sub- + cutis Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for subcutis
  • The skin's base layer is the subcutis, which includes a seam of fat laid down as a fuel reserve in case of food shortage.
  • The subcutis is the innermost layer of the skin, and consists of a network of fat and collagen cells.
  • Finally, the subcutis is a layer that extends below the dermis with varying depth, depending on the anatomic location.
subcutis in Medicine

subcutis sub·cu·tis (sŭb-kyōō'tĭs)
See tela subcutanea.

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