subcutaneous

adjective

sub·​cu·​ta·​ne·​ous ˌsəb-kyu̇-ˈtā-nē-əs How to pronounce subcutaneous (audio)
: being, living, occurring, or administered under the skin
subcutaneous parasites
subcutaneous tissues
subcutaneously adverb

Examples of subcutaneous in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Immunotherapy can be administered in two ways: under the skin via an injection (subcutaneous), or via the newer method of under the tongue using liquid drops or tablets (sublingual). Richard Windsor, The Week Uk, theweek, 26 Apr. 2024 These patients were all given their medication in the form of subcutaneous injection once weekly for 72 weeks. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 21 Sep. 2023 Loss of Soft-Tissue Structures MORE FOR YOU These changes occur in the outer skin and the subcutaneous tissue, which is lost as a natural part of aging, causing the face to lose volume. Dr. Dennis Schimpf, Forbes, 27 Feb. 2024 In a letter to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the lawmakers noted that Merck plans to seek new patents for a subcutaneous – or under-the-skin – injectable version of its medicine. Ed Silverman Reprints, STAT, 23 Feb. 2023 There are straight-up replacement therapies—TRT, as it’s called—that replenish levels of the hormone via creams, gels, pellets, or injections of either the subcutaneous or intramuscular kind. Andrew Zaleski, Men's Health, 20 Feb. 2023 Lacerations that are deep (exposing the subcutaneous tissue in your hand), gaping, or won’t stop bleeding need medical attention. Ali Francis, Bon Appétit, 4 Mar. 2024 Taking peptides typically involves subcutaneous injections, which means injecting the peptide solution into the fatty tissue just under the skin—the needles needed for this are short and fine, unlike the larger needles used for intramuscular injections. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 23 Sep. 2023 In the above scenario, if the patient had a fever the likely diagnosis would be cellulitis, but if the patient suffered a motor vehicle accident the subcutaneous edema would likely be from a contusion. Omer Awan, Forbes, 11 Feb. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

Late Latin subcutaneus, from Latin sub- + cutis skin — more at hide entry 2

First Known Use

1651, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of subcutaneous was in 1651

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Cite this Entry

“Subcutaneous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/subcutaneous. Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

subcutaneous

adjective
sub·​cu·​ta·​ne·​ous ˌsəb-kyu̇-ˈtā-nē-əs How to pronounce subcutaneous (audio)
: being, living, occurring, or given under the skin
subcutaneous parasites

Medical Definition

subcutaneous

adjective
sub·​cu·​ta·​ne·​ous ˌsəb-kyu̇-ˈtā-nē-əs How to pronounce subcutaneous (audio)
: being, living, used, or made under the skin
subcutaneous parasites
subcutaneously adverb

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