cu·​ta·​ne·​ous | \ kyü-ˈtā-nē-əs How to pronounce cutaneous (audio) \

Definition of cutaneous

: of, relating to, or affecting the skin a cutaneous nerve cutaneous anthrax

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Other Words from cutaneous

cutaneously adverb

Examples of cutaneous in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The collapse of insect-control programs sparked the spread of cutaneous leishmaniasis, a parasitic disease that results in disfiguring skin ulcers. Jerome Groopman, The New Yorker, "The Politics of Stopping Pandemics," 29 Mar. 2021 Visceral leishmaniasis, the disease the parasite causes, leads to cutaneous sores on the skin, infections of organs including the spleen and liver and sometimes death. Jim Daley, Smithsonian Magazine, "Dogs Infected With a Deadly Human Parasite Smell Better to Insect Vectors," 18 Mar. 2021 There are actually five types of cutaneous hypersensitivity. Bruce Y. Lee, Forbes, "What Is ‘Covid Arm’ After Getting The Covid-19 Coronavirus Vaccine?," 5 Mar. 2021 More data, from a 2017 case report published in the Annals of Surgical Treatment and Research, puts the occurrence rate of cutaneous metastases resulting from colorectal adenocarcinoma at more like 3% of colorectal cancer cases. Maggie O'neill,, "This Man’s Colon Cancer Spread to the Surface of His Skin. Here’s How That Can Happen," 10 June 2020 Enjoy these 10 ways to celebrate the cutaneous system that pulls you together, all handpicked by — you, actually. Allure, "10 Bath and Body Care Winners From the 2019 Readers' Choice Awards," 14 May 2019 Next, there's cutaneous lupus erythematosus, which is limited to the skin and causes various lesions and rashes. Azmia Magane, Allure, "What Is Lupus? 11 Things to Know About the Misunderstood Autoimmune Disease," 7 Sep. 2019 ImmuneFx now is being tested in clinical trials on humans with cutaneous melanoma, one of the most common types of skin cancer. Justine Griffin,, "A vaccine for cancer? Tampa company is working on it," 21 Aug. 2019 Animal horns usually form around a bone, while cutaneous horns do not. Samantha Lauriello,, "This Woman Had a Giant Cutaneous Horn Growing Out of Her Thumb—and Doctors Aren't Sure Why," 6 June 2019

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First Known Use of cutaneous

1578, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cutaneous

New Latin cutaneus, from Latin cutis skin — more at hide

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The first known use of cutaneous was in 1578

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1 Apr 2021

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“Cutaneous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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cu·​ta·​ne·​ous | \ kyu̇-ˈtā-nē-əs How to pronounce cutaneous (audio) \

Medical Definition of cutaneous

: of, relating to, or affecting the skin a cutaneous infection four cutaneous nerves arise from the cervical plexus

Other Words from cutaneous

cutaneously adverb

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