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n. pl. am·ni·o·cen·te·ses (-sēz)
A procedure in which a small sample of amniotic fluid is drawn out of the uterus through a needle inserted in the abdomen. The fluid is then analyzed to detect genetic abnormalities in the fetus or to determine the sex of the fetus.
n, pl -ses (-siːz)
(Gynaecology & Obstetrics) removal of some amniotic fluid by the insertion into the womb of a hollow needle, for therapeutic or diagnostic purposes
[C20: from amnion + centesis, from Greek kentēsis a puncture, from kentein to prick]
am•ni•o•cen•te•sis(ˌæm ni oʊ sɛnˈti sɪs)
n., pl. -ses (-sēz).
the surgical procedure of guiding a hollow needle through the abdomen of a pregnant woman into the uterus and withdrawing a sample of amniotic fluid for genetic diagnosis of the fetus.
amniocentesis, amnion - Amniocentesis is formed by amnion, the innermost membrane enclosing a fetus, and Greek kentesis, "pricking."
See also related terms for mammal.
Withdrawal of some of the amniotic fluid surrounding the fetus in order to diagnose congenital abnormalities.
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|Noun||1.||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|
prenatal diagnosis - any of the diagnostic procedures used to determine whether a fetus has a genetic abnormality
centesis - (surgery) the act of puncturing a body cavity or organ with a hollow needle in order to draw out fluid
amniocentesis[ˌæmnɪəʊsenˈtiːsɪs] N (amniocenteses (pl)) [ˌæmnɪəʊsənˈtiːsiːz] → amniocentesis f
amniocentesis[ˌæmniəʊsɛnˈtiːsɪs] n → amniocentèse f
n. amniocentesis, punción del útero para obtener líquido amniótico.