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[par-uh-sen-tee-sis] /ˌpær ə sɛnˈti sɪs/
noun, plural paracenteses
[par-uh-sen-tee-seez] /ˌpær ə sɛnˈti siz/ (Show IPA).
puncture of the wall of a cavity to drain off fluid.
Also called tapping.
Origin of paracentesis
1590-1600; < Latin paracentēsis perforation, tapping < Greek parakéntēsis, equivalent to parakentē-, variant stem of parakenteîn to prick beside (para- para-1 + kenteîn to prick, pierce) + -sis -sis Unabridged
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(med) the surgical puncture of a body cavity in order to draw off excess fluid
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Word Origin and History for paracentesis

1590s, from medical Latin form of Greek parakentesis "perforation," from parakentein "to pierce at the side," from para- "beside" (see para- (1)) + kentein "to prick, stab" (see center (n.)).

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paracentesis in Medicine

paracentesis par·a·cen·te·sis (pār'ə-sěn-tē'sĭs)
Surgical puncture or tapping of a fluid-filled body cavity, especially the abdomen, with a hollow needle or trochar to withdraw fluid.

par'a·cen·tet'ic (-tět'ĭk) adj.
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