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amniocentesis

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

Medical Definition of amniocentesis

plural am·nio·cen·te·ses \-ˌsēz\play

  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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