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[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, subdermal
[suhb-dur-muh l] /sʌbˈdɜr məl/ (Show IPA),
Origin of subcutaneous
1645-55; < Late Latin subcutāneus. See sub-, cutaneous
Related forms
subcutaneously, adverb
subcutaneousness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for subcutaneous
  • subcutaneous emphysema occurs when air gets into tissues under the skin.
  • You'll feel your skin crawl as tiny agents drag the subcutaneous ink into new shapes.
  • The condition is called subcutaneous emphysema, meaning air under the skin.
  • Belly fat is completely different from the subcutaneous fat that surrounds our bodies.
  • Given in subcutaneous injections three times a week.
  • The fat layer of skin is located in the subcutaneous layer of tissue called the hypodermis.
  • Loss of subcutaneous fat makes it harder to maintain body heat.
  • Skin becomes thinner with age, largely because of loss of subcutaneous fat.
  • Some detected a subcutaneous conservatism even then.
  • It is placed beneath the subcutaneous vessels and nerves and upon the surface of the fascia lata.
British Dictionary definitions for subcutaneous


(med) situated, used, or introduced beneath the skin: a subcutaneous injection
Derived Forms
subcutaneously, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Late Latin subcutāneus, from sub- + Latin cutis skin + -eous
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Word Origin and History for subcutaneous

"under the skin," 1650s, from sub- + cutaneous. Related: Subcutaneously.

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subcutaneous in Medicine

subcutaneous sub·cu·ta·ne·ous (sŭb'kyōō-tā'nē-əs)
Abbr. s.c., SQ
Located, found, or placed just beneath the skin; hypodermic.

sub'cu·ta'ne·ous·ly adv.
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subcutaneous in Science
Located or placed just beneath the skin.
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