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Subcutaneous

 

The term "cutaneous" refers to the skin. Subcutaneous means beneath, or under, all the layers of the skin. For example, a subcutaneous cyst is under the skin.

 

References

Gawkrodger DJ, Ardern-Jones MR. Microanatomy of the skin. In: Gawkrodger DJ, Ardern-Jones MR, eds. Dermatology: An Illustrated Colour Text. 6th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2017:chap 1.

 
  • Skin layers and needles

    Skin layers and needles - illustration

    A subcutaneous injection is administered under the skin.

    Skin layers and needles

    illustration

    • Skin layers and needles

      Skin layers and needles - illustration

      A subcutaneous injection is administered under the skin.

      Skin layers and needles

      illustration

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