Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Located or placed just beneath the skin.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Situated beneath the skin, in general; subdermal; lying in the true skin or cutis, under the cuticle; subcuticular; placed or performed under the skin; hypodermic: as, a subcutaneous injection.
  • Fitted for use under the skin; hypodermic: as, a subcutaneous syringe; a subcutaneous saw.
  • Living under the skin; burrowing in the skin: as, a subcutaneous parasitic insect.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Situated under the skin; hypodermic.
  • adjective (Surg.) an operation performed without opening that part of the skin opposite to, or over, the internal section.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Pertaining to the fatty layer under the skin.

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

  • adjective relating to or located below the epidermis

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin subcutāneus, from sub- + cutis ("skin") + adjectival suffix -āneus.

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  • Not cute enough?

    December 25, 2010