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The adjective percutaneous (from the Latin per for 'through' and cutis for 'skin'; meaning 'through the [healthy] skin ') is a medical term that indicates the way through or over the skin.

It describes the way in which medication , but also pollutants and chemicals , are absorbed into the body or the approach used in medical procedures.

Synonymously, transdermal or transcutaneous ( transcutaneous ) are used.

  • Suitable medicaments are absorbed percutaneously in the case of cutaneous application.
  • Some poisons and many chemicals (such as mercaptoethanol and acetonitrile ) cause damage through percutaneous absorption .
  • Cannulas , sometimes also catheters , are inserted percutaneously.
  • A drain can be inserted percutaneously without surgery , which allows wound secretions or pus to drain away.
  • Pathogens or parasites such as roundworms can penetrate the skin, which can lead to percutaneous infection.

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Wiktionary: percutaneous  - explanations of meanings, word origins, synonyms, translations