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[suhb-kyoo-tey-nee-uh s] /ˌsʌb kyuˈteɪ ni əs/
situated or lying under the skin, as tissue.
performed or introduced under the skin, as an injection by a syringe.
living below the several layers of the skin, as certain parasites.
(med) situated, used, or introduced beneath the skin: a subcutaneous injection

subcutaneous sub·cu·ta·ne·ous (sŭb’kyōō-tā’nē-əs)
Abbr. s.c., SQ
Located, found, or placed just beneath the skin; hypodermic.
sub’cu·ta’ne·ous·ly adv.
Located or placed just beneath the skin.


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