[ 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.

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
Also called tapping. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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-tēsĭs ]


Surgical puncture or tapping of a fluid-filled body cavity, especially the abdomen, with a hollow needle or trochar to withdraw fluid.

Related forms

par′a•cen•tetic (-tĕtĭk) adj.
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