Subcutaneous
Under the skin. "Subcutaneous" implies just under the skin. With a subcutaneous injection, a needle is inserted just under the skin. A drug (for example, insulin) can then be delivered into the subcutaneous tissues. After the injection, the drug moves into small blood vessels and the bloodstream. The subcutaneous route is used with many protein and polypeptide drugs such as insulin which, if given by mouth, would be broken down and digested in the intestinal tract.
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Beneath the skin. SYN: hypodermic (1). [sub- + L. cutis, skin]

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sub·cu·ta·ne·ous .səb-kyu̇-'tā-nē-əs adj being, living, used, or made under the skin <\subcutaneous parasites>
sub·cu·ta·ne·ous·ly adv

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adj.
beneath the skin. A subcutaneous injection is given beneath the skin. Subcutaneous tissue is loose connective tissue, often fatty, situated under the dermis.

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sub·cu·ta·ne·ous (SC, SQ) (sub″ku-taґne-əs) beneath the skin; called also hypodermic.

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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  • Subcutaneous — Sub cu*ta ne*ous, a. Situated under the skin; hypodermic. {Sub cu*ta ne*ous*ly}, adv. [1913 Webster] {Subcutaneous operation} (Surg.), an operation performed without opening that part of the skin opposite to, or over, the internal section. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • subcutaneous — (adj.) under the skin, 1650s, from SUB (Cf. sub ) + CUTANEOUS (Cf. cutaneous). Related: Subcutaneously …   Etymology dictionary

  • subcutaneous — ► ADJECTIVE Anatomy & Medicine ▪ situated or applied under the skin. DERIVATIVES subcutaneously adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • subcutaneous — [sub΄kyo͞o tā′nē əs] adj. [LL subcutaneus: see SUB & CUTANEOUS] being, used, or introduced beneath the skin subcutaneously adv …   English World dictionary

  • subcutaneous — adjective Etymology: Late Latin subcutaneus, from Latin sub + cutis skin more at hide Date: 1651 being, living, occurring, or administered under the skin < subcutaneous parasites > < subcutaneous tissues > • subcutaneously adverb …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • subcutaneous — [[t]sʌ̱bkjute͟ɪniəs[/t]] ADJ: ADJ n Subcutaneous is used to indicate that something is situated, used, or put under your skin. ...subcutaneous fat …   English dictionary

  • subcutaneous — adj. beneath the skin. A subcutaneous injection is given beneath the skin. Subcutaneous tissue is loose connective tissue, often fatty, situated under the dermis …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • subcutaneous — sub|cu|ta|ne|ous [ˌsʌbkju:ˈteıniəs] adj technical [Date: 1600 1700; : Late Latin; Origin: subcutaneus, from Latin sub + cutis skin ] beneath your skin ▪ subcutaneous fat >subcutaneously adv …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • subcutaneous — adjective technical beneath your skin: subcutaneous fat subcutaneously adverb …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • subcutaneous — occurring below the skin …   Dictionary of ichthyology

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