Diagram of the Structure of the Skin

Diagram of the Structure of the Skin

The sub-cutaneous layer is an important component of the skin (also known as the "integument", or "integumentary system").

The sub-cutaneous (or subcutaneous) layer of the skin is located beneath the dermis.

“Sub-cutaneous” (or “subcutaneous”) is also an adjective used to mean “beneath the skin”. An example of "sub-cutaneous" used as an adjective is the term "sub-cutaneous injection" which refers to an injection into the sub-cutaneous layer of the skin.


To view the location of the sub-cutaneous layer relative to the other key components of the skin see the diagram of the structure of the skin. This may be of particular interest to students of courses in massage, reflexology, beauty therapies, and other health science or clinical courses.

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