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amniocentesis

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noun am·nio·cen·te·sis \ˌam-nē-ō-(ˌ)sen-ˈtē-səs\

Simple Definition of amniocentesis

  • medical : a test that is done to check for possible health problems in a baby that is not yet born

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of amniocentesis

plural

amniocenteses

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  1. :  the surgical insertion of a hollow needle through the abdominal wall and into the uterus to obtain amniotic fluid especially for the determination of fetal sex or chromosomal abnormality

Origin and Etymology of amniocentesis

New Latin, from amnion + centesis puncture, from Greek kentesis, from kentein to prick — more at center


First Known Use: 1957


Medical Dictionary

amniocentesis

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noun am·nio·cen·te·sis \ˌam-nē-ō-(ˌ)sen-ˈtē-səs\

Medical Definition of amniocentesis

plural

amniocenteses

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  1. :  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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