[ sen-tee-sis ]
/ sɛnˈti sɪs /

noun, plural cen·te·ses [sen-tee-seez] /sɛnˈti siz/. Surgery.

a puncture or perforation.
a puncture into a body cavity, usually to remove fluid.

Origin of centesis

< New Latin < Greek, equivalent to kentē- (variant stem of kenteîn to prick) + -sis -sis
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Medicine definitions for centesis


[ sĕn-tēsĭs ]

n. pl. cen•te•ses (-sēz′)

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