Definition of percutaneous in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌpərkyo͝oˈtānēəs/


Made, done, or effected through the skin.
Example sentences
  • The diagnosis was also confirmed in all three patients who had a preoperative percutaneous needle biopsy.
  • Several types of skin testing instruments are available for percutaneous skin testing.
  • Diagnosis usually requires incisional biopsy, but when necessary it can be made with a well planned percutaneous core needle biopsy.



Example sentences
  • Most of our specimens were obtained percutaneously either by the clinician, cytopathologist, or radiologist.
  • With this method, blood cultures are taken simultaneously through the suspected central catheter and percutaneously from a distant site.
  • Alternatively, a catheter can be inserted percutaneously through the anterior wall of the trachea.


Late 19th century: from Latin per cutem 'through the skin' + -aneous.

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Syllabification: per·cu·ta·ne·ous

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