from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, or affecting the skin.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of, relating to, existing on, or affecting the exterior skin; especially the cutis

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to the skin; existing on, or affecting, the skin; ; a cutaneous infection.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to the skin; of the nature of or resembling skin; tegumentary: as, a cutaneous envelop.
  • Affecting the skin: as, a cutaneous eruption; a cutaneous disease.
  • Attached to, acting upon, or situated immediately below the skin; subcutaneous: as, a cutaneous muscle.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. relating to or existing on or affecting the skin


From New Latin cutāneus, back-formation from Late Latin intercutāneus and subcutāneus, both subcutaneous, both from Latin cutis, skin; see (s)keu- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From New Latin *cutaneus, from Latin cutis ("skin") (Wiktionary)


  • In veterinary practice the difference is difficult to distinguish, and probably not clinically important in most cases, and the more general term cutaneous adverse food reaction CAFR is often used.

    The Seattle Times

  • The drug will be used as a medication for a rare cancer known as cutaneous T-cell lymphoma and will have a wholesale price of $240 per daily treatment.

    Buyouts Lift Biotechs

  • About 4,000 plus deal with so-called cutaneous anthrax.

    CNN Transcript Oct 14, 2001

  • I mean as I said before, we have -- we have 18 cases in all of the 20th Century from pulmonary anthrax and maybe an average of four or five a year for cutaneous, which is, as I say 99 percent curable if you get antibiotics.

    CNN Transcript Oct 15, 2001

  • SANJAY GUPTA, CNN MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT: Susan, skin anthrax, also known as cutaneous anthrax, is usually caused by the anthrax bacteria coming in contact with broken skin.

    CNN Transcript Nov 3, 2001

  • And then you have three cases of cutaneous, that is the skin form, of anthrax in New York.

    CNN Transcript Oct 18, 2001

  • There's the inhaled, the ingested and then, as we've seen in this latest case, the kind that you get through your skin or the so-called cutaneous anthrax.

    CNN Transcript Oct 13, 2001

  • Even if there is anthrax in the envelope, it's very hard to actually get what is known as cutaneous anthrax.

    CNN Transcript Oct 18, 2001

  • It's one bacteria but three different ways you can get it -- either inhale it, ingest it -- what we've been hearing so much now in New York -- actually get it through your skin -- the so-called cutaneous version of anthrax.

    CNN Transcript Oct 13, 2001

  • In the study, researchers at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine gave mice mega-doses of bexarotene, a drug used to treat a type of skin cancer called cutaneous T-cell lymphoma.


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