Migraine Term of the Day: Subcutaneous

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Writer's note: Some of you have expressed an interest in learning more of the medical terminology that comes up when discussing migraine disease and other headache disorders. So, I'll be posting a "term of the day," on a regular basis. If there are terms you'd like to have defined, please leave a comment below.

When we're given migraine and headache information, whether from our doctor, a book, or an online article, we sometimes come across medical terms that can be confusing. While it's easy enough to substitute another word or a short phrase for the medical term, there are times when substituting doesn't quite convey the same meaning.

Subcutaneous is one of those terms.** Subcutaneous** means under the skin. We sometimes use the term** subcutaneous** when discussing Migraine medications, particularly DHE-45 and Imitrex (sumatriptan) injections.

You can read a new needle-free method for subcutaneous injections in:

Needle-Free Sumatriptan Injections for Migraines and Cluster Headaches. For more terms, see our Migraine Medical Terms Glossary Index.

Medical review by John Claude Krusz, PhD, MD.