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 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 Kelli Mulhollen Dumas, his mother, told The Washington Post that he was diagnosed with cutaneous larva migrans, as a result. Caitlin Wolper, Teen Vogue, "Hookworms Buried Themselves Into a Tennessee Teen's Skin," 28 July 2018 What one wilderness doc thought was a simple rash or possibly the shingles on the top of his foot was actually a horde of cutaneous larva picked up while playing beach volleyball on the banks of the Amazon. Marc Peruzzi, Outside Online, "19 Lessons I Learned from Extreme Sports Pros," 25 June 2018 Ocular melanomas are the second most common type of melanoma -- after cutaneous, or skin, melanomas -- and represent about 5% of all melanoma cases. Mark Lieber, CNN, "Group of rare eye cancer cases baffles experts," 1 May 2018 However, ocular melanomas behave much differently than cutaneous melanomas and are generally considered to be more lethal, according to Orloff. Mark Lieber, CNN, "Group of rare eye cancer cases baffles experts," 1 May 2018

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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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“Cutaneous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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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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