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[kyoo-tey-nee-uh s] /kyuˈteɪ ni əs/
of, relating to, or affecting the skin.
Origin of cutaneous
1570-80; < Medieval Latin cutāneus, equivalent to Latin cut(is) the skin + -āneus (-ān(us) -an + -eus -eous). See cutis
Related forms
cutaneously, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for cutaneous
  • Tests for other antibodies will rule out or confirm discoid lupus and subacute cutaneous lupus.
  • About half the patients have small amounts of skin involvement, now called limited cutaneous scleroderma.
  • When only the skin is involved, it is known as cutaneous diphtheria, and is likely to be a nontoxic strain.
  • cutaneous veins also are richly innervated with sympathetic vasoconstrictor fibers.
  • In addition, cutaneous veins are temporarily reactive to various other stimuli.
British Dictionary definitions for cutaneous


of, relating to, or affecting the skin
Derived Forms
cutaneously, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from New Latin cutāneus, from Latin cutis skin; see hide²
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Word Origin and History for cutaneous

1570s, from Medieval Latin cutaneus, from Latin cutis "the skin" (see cuticle).

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cutaneous in Medicine

cutaneous cu·ta·ne·ous (kyōō-tā'nē-əs)
Of, relating to, or affecting the skin.

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cutaneous in Science
Relating to or involving the skin.
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