Simple Definition of amniocentesis
medical : a test that is done to check for possible health problems in a baby that is not yet born
Origin of amniocentesis
New Latin, from amnion + centesis puncture, from Greek kentesis, from kentein to prick — more at center
First Known Use: 1957
Medical Definition of amniocentesis
plural amniocenteses \-ˌsēz\play
: the surgical insertion of a hollow needle through the abdominal wall and into the uterus of a pregnant female to obtain amniotic fluid especially to examine the fetal chromosomes for an abnormality and for the determination of sex
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