arthrocentesis

noun

ar·​thro·​cen·​te·​sis ˌär-(ˌ)thrō-sen-ˈtē-səs How to pronounce arthrocentesis (audio)
plural arthrocenteses -ˌsēz How to pronounce arthrocentesis (audio)
: surgical puncture of a joint especially for aspiration of fluid from the joint
Arthrocentesis of the right elbow joint was performed in the emergency department; the aspirate was orange-tinted, with 17,250 white cells per cubic millimeter …Benjamin T. Davis and Mark S. Pasternack, The New England Journal of Medicine
I asked him to do an arthrocentesis—put a needle in the ankle and get a sample of the suspicious fluid causing the swelling.Rahul Parikh, The Los Angeles Times

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“Arthrocentesis.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/arthrocentesis. Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

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