Panniculus adiposus

The panniculus adiposus is the fatty layer of the subcutaneous tissues, superficial to a deeper vestigial layer of muscle, the panniculus carnosus.[1]

Panniculus adiposus
LatinPanniculus adiposus
Anatomical terminology

It includes structures that are considered fascia by some sources but not by others. Some examples include the fascia of Camper and the superficial cervical fascia.[2]

A group of disorders of inflammation of this layer is called panniculitis.


  1. McGrath, J.A.; Eady, R.A.; Pope, F.M. (2004). Rook's Textbook of Dermatology (Seventh Edition). Blackwell Publishing. Page 3.1. ISBN 978-0-632-06429-8.
  2. Bailey, Byron J.; Johnson, Jonas T.; D. Newlands, Shawn; Calhoun, Karen S.; W Deskin, Ronald (2006). Head neck surgery--otolaryngology. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams Wilkins. p. 666. ISBN 0-7817-5561-1.
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