Meaning of percutaneous in English:


Pronunciation /ˌpəːkjʊˈteɪnɪəs/


  • Made, done, or effected through the skin.

    ‘percutaneous needle biopsy’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.