Definitions of centesis

n (surgery) the act of puncturing a body cavity or organ with a hollow needle in order to draw out fluid

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abdominocentesis, paracentesis
centesis of the belly to remove fluid for diagnosis
amnio, amniocentesis
(pregnancy) extraction by centesis of amniotic fluid from a pregnant woman (after the 15th week of pregnancy) to aid in the diagnosis of fetal abnormalities
removal of fluid from a joint by centesis
removal of fluid from the abdomen by centesis
lumbar puncture, spinal puncture, spinal tap
removal by centesis of fluid from the subarachnoid space of the lumbar region of the spinal cord for diagnostic or therapeutic purposes
thoracentesis, thoracocentesis
removal of fluid from the chest by centesis for diagnostic or therapeutic purposes
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the act of puncturing or perforating

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