sub·​cu·​tis ˌsəb-ˈkyü-təs How to pronounce subcutis (audio)
: the deeper part of the dermis

Examples of subcutis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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,, 1 June 2018

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Word History


New Latin, from Late Latin, beneath the skin, from Latin sub- + cutis

First Known Use

1877, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of subcutis was in 1877

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“Subcutis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition


sub·​cu·​tis ˌsəb-ˈkyüt-əs, ˈsəb- How to pronounce subcutis (audio)

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