Etymology
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paracentesis (n.)

"surgical perforation of a cavity of the body for the purpose of evacuation of effused fluid," 1590s, from the medical Latin form of Greek parakentēsis "perforation," from parakentein "to tap," literally "to pierce at the side," from para- "beside" (see para- (1)) + kentein "to prick, stab" (see center (n.)).

updated on January 07, 2020

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Definitions of paracentesis from WordNet

paracentesis (n.)
centesis of the belly to remove fluid for diagnosis;
Synonyms: abdominocentesis
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