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paracentesis

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noun para·cen·te·sis \ ˌpar-ə-(ˌ)sen-ˈtē-səs \

medical Definition of paracentesis

plural paracenteses play \-ˌsēz\
:a surgical puncture of a bodily cavity (as of the abdomen) with a trocar, aspirator, or other instrument usually to draw off an abnormal effusion for diagnostic or therapeutic purposes

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