One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Made, done, or effected through the skin.
- ‘Diagnosis usually requires incisional biopsy, but when necessary it can be made with a well planned percutaneous core needle biopsy.’
- ‘Several types of skin testing instruments are available for percutaneous skin testing.’
- ‘The diagnosis was also confirmed in all three patients who had a preoperative percutaneous needle biopsy.’
- ‘Dysphagic patients should be fed through a nasogastric tube or percutaneous endoscopic feeding tube until it is safe to resume oral food and fluids.’
- ‘For example, when percutaneous lung biopsies are performed the needle can be guided in through the lung under direct vision.’
Late 19th century: from Latin per cutem ‘through the skin’ + -aneous.
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