per·​cu·​ta·​ne·​ous ˌpər-kyü-ˈtā-nē-əs How to pronounce percutaneous (audio)
: effected, occurring, or performed through the skin
percutaneously adverb

Examples of percutaneous in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The retrospective observational study included 884 patients admitted to the hospital with STEMI, and treated with percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) between 2010 and 2015. Korin Miller, Health, 26 May 2023 When those fail to help, there is sacral neuromodulation (essentially a pacemaker for the bladder), PTNS (percutaneous tibial nerve stimulation) which are weekly treatments with an acupuncture needle hooked up to gentle electrical stimulation, or even Botox. Fiorella Valdesolo, Vogue, 19 Jan. 2022 The patients underwent 101 procedures, including 59 peripheral arterial procedures (open bypass, endarterectomies, and endovascular procedures) and 42 cardiac procedures (coronary artery bypass graft, transaortic valve replacement, percutaneous coronary intervention, mitral valve replacement). Zach Epstein, BGR, 27 Mar. 2021 In England, percutaneous coronary interventions, surgical aortic valve replacement, and transcatheter aortic valve replacement procedures decreased substantially. Jeffrey Wessler, Forbes, 26 Jan. 2023 On December 11-12, Aaron underwent tracheostomy and percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy procedures to insert a feeding tube into his stomach. Brian Metzler, Outside Online, 19 Dec. 2022 Doctors also placed a percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy feeding tube, also known as a PEG tube, through her abdomen and into her stomach. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, 19 Nov. 2019 In general, stents are a result of a procedure doctors call a percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), also known as an angioplasty. Maggie O'Neill,, 2 Oct. 2019 The procedure, known as percutaneous coronary intervention, can help to open blood vessels in patients with atherosclerosis. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, 6 Sep. 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1862, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of percutaneous was in 1862

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Cite this Entry

“Percutaneous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2023.

Medical Definition


per·​cu·​ta·​ne·​ous ˌpər-kyu̇-ˈtā-nē-əs How to pronounce percutaneous (audio)
: effected or performed through the skin
percutaneous removal of renal calculiG. M. Preminger et al.
percutaneously adverb
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