Origin of subcutaneousLate Latin subcutaneus: see sub- and cutaneous
The definition of subcutaneous is something located or placed just below the skin.
An example of subcutaneous is a wooden splinter in a finger tip.
Located or placed just beneath the skin: subcutaneous tissue; a subcutaneous implant.
(comparative more subcutaneous, superlative most subcutaneous)
- The collapse must be treated with hot blankets and bottles, and subcutaneous injections of brandy, ether or strychnine.
- It is probable that the parasite is then transferred to the alimentary canal of man by means of drinking-water, and thence makes its way to the subcutaneous connective tissue.
- The treatment is therefore to administer an ounce of sodium sulphate in water by the mouth, or to inject a similar quantity of the salt in solution directly into a vein or into the subcutaneous tissues.
- If the injury be a small incised wound through the skin and subcutaneous tissues without any septic contamination, there usually follows a minimum of reaction on the part of the tissues.
- In the wasting of the thyroid gland in myxoedema, or when the gland is completely removed by operation, myxomatous areas are found in the subcutaneous tissue of the skin, nerve-sheaths, &c.