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paracentesis

[ par-uh-sen-tee-sis ]
/ ˌpær ə sɛnˈti sɪs /
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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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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
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British Dictionary definitions for paracentesis

paracentesis
/ (ˌpærəsɛnˈtiːsɪs) /

noun
med the surgical puncture of a body cavity in order to draw off excess fluid
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Medical definitions for paracentesis

paracentesis
[ păr′ə-sĕn-tēsĭs ]

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

Other words from paracentesis

par′a•cen•tetic (-tĕtĭk) adj.
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