[ par-uh-sen-tee-sis ]
/ ˌpær ə sɛnˈti sɪs /
noun, plural par·a·cen·te·ses [par-uh-sen-tee-seez] /ˌpær ə sɛnˈti siz/. Surgery.
puncture of the wall of a cavity to drain off fluid.
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Origin of paracentesis
Also called tapping.
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British Dictionary definitions for para-centesis
/ (ˌpærəsɛnˈtiːsɪs) /
med the surgical puncture of a body cavity in order to draw off excess fluid
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Medicine definitions for para-centesis
[ păr′ə-sĕn-tē′sĭs ]
Surgical puncture or tapping of a fluid-filled body cavity, especially the abdomen, with a hollow needle or trochar to withdraw fluid.
Related formspar′a•cen•tet′ic (-tĕt′ĭk) adj.
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