- puncture of the wall of a cavity to drain off fluid.
Origin of paracentesis
Also called tapping.
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- med the surgical puncture of a body cavity in order to draw off excess fluid
Word Origin and History for paracenteses
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Surgical puncture or tapping of a fluid-filled body cavity, especially the abdomen, with a hollow needle or trochar to withdraw fluid.
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