sub·​cu·​ta·​ne·​ous | \ˌsəb-kyu̇-ˈtā-nē-əs \

Definition of subcutaneous 

: being, living, occurring, or administered under the skin subcutaneous parasites subcutaneous tissues

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Other Words from subcutaneous

subcutaneously adverb

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Although Richards didn’t mention any pain, Jane Barton wrote a prescription for high-dosage opioids and gave Richards a subcutaneous infusion. Rupert Darwall, WSJ, "Reform the NHS Before It Kills Again," 4 July 2018 After myriad tests and no sign of subcutaneous insects, his doctors seemed to have given up. National Geographic, "Think Your Body Is Infested With Insects? You're Not Alone.," 22 June 2018 Naloxone Hydrochloride is sold for IV use, intramuscular use and subcutaneous use. Debra Goldschmidt, CNN, "Naloxone recall due to particulate matter," 4 June 2018 He was diagnosed with subcutaneous emphysema - a rare condition in which air gets trapped under the skin's lowest layer called the subcutis or hypodermis. The Washington Post,, "Dachshund blew up like a balloon, 'crackled like Bubble Wrap'," 1 June 2018 With kidney medication, a special diet and weekly subcutaneous fluids, Banshee made it all the way to age 18. Tommy Rowan,, "Tattoo ink and cremated ashes mix in living memorials," 26 Apr. 2018 Sick animals are given subcutaneous fluids to rehydrate them and antibiotics if needed, along with vitamin supplementation. Christopher Torchia,, "Over 10,000 endangered tortoises are rescued in Madagascar," 2 May 2018 Sick animals are given subcutaneous fluids to rehydrate them and antibiotics if needed, along with vitamin supplementation., "Over 10,000 Endangered Tortoises Rescued From Traffickers," 2 May 2018 Ocular or uveal melanoma is a type of cancer that’s related to subcutaneous melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. Amanda Macmillan,, "What Is Ocular Melanoma? This Rare Eye Cancer Has Struck 36 Graduates of Auburn University," 1 May 2018

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First Known Use of subcutaneous

1651, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for subcutaneous

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

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English Language Learners Definition of subcutaneous

medical : under the skin


sub·​cu·​ta·​ne·​ous | \ˌsəb-kyu̇-ˈtā-nē-əs \

Medical Definition of subcutaneous 

: being, living, used, or made under the skin subcutaneous parasites

Other Words from subcutaneous

subcutaneously adverb

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