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.

Nearby words

  1. paracasein,
  2. paracel islands,
  3. paracelsus,
  4. paracelsus, philippus aureolus,
  5. paracenesthesia,
  6. paracentral fissure,
  7. paracervical,
  8. paracervix,
  9. paracetaldehyde,
  10. paracetamol

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



med the surgical puncture of a body cavity in order to draw off excess fluid
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Word Origin and History for para-centesis



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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Medicine definitions for para-centesis




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•tetic (-tĕtĭk) adj.

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