- puncture of the wall of a cavity to drain off fluid.
Origin of paracentesis
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Historical Examples of paracentesis
Paracentesis should be done early in infants and in specific fevers.
Paracentesis was again performed several times, and a tumour was perceived to have formed in the lower part of the abdomen.
If the paracentesis knife be used it is not sufficient to make a simple incision; a small triangular flap must be excised.
The paracentesis knife is inserted boldly through the membrane a little behind and above the umbo.
With a paracentesis knife the membrane is incised round the handle of the malleus (Fig. 191).
- med the surgical puncture of a body cavity in order to draw off excess fluid
Word Origin and History for paracentesis
- Surgical puncture or tapping of a fluid-filled body cavity, especially the abdomen, with a hollow needle or trochar to withdraw fluid.