amniocentesis

noun am·nio·cen·te·sis \ ˌam-nē-ō-(ˌ)sen-ˈtē-səs \
|Updated on: 20 Jun 2018

Definition of amniocentesis

plural amniocenteses play \-ˌsēz\
: 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

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Origin and Etymology of amniocentesis

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


AMNIOCENTESIS Defined for English Language Learners

amniocentesis

Definition of amniocentesis for English Language Learners

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


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amniocentesis

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

medical Definition of amniocentesis

plural amniocenteses play \-ˌsēz\
: 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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