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amniocentesis

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

Medical Definition of AMNIOCENTESIS

:  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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