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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
First Known Use: 1957
AMNIOCENTESIS Defined for English Language Learners
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
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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