One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Chiefly Medicine. Located or occurring under the skin; subcutaneous; subepidermal.
2Zoology and Botany. Located or occurring under the cuticle (of an invertebrate animal, plant, etc.); of or relating to the subcuticle.
Late 17th century; earliest use found in Thomas Gibson (d. 1722), physician. From sub- + cuticular, after post-classical Latin subcuticularis.
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