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am·ni·o·cen·te·sis

 (ăm′nē-ō-sĕn-tē′sĭs)
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.

[New Latin amniocentēsis : amnion + Greek kentēsis, act of pricking (from kentein, to prick; see kent- in Indo-European roots).]

amniocentesis

(ˌæmnɪəʊsɛnˈtiːsɪs)
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.
[1955–60; amnio(n) + centesis a puncture into a body cavity (< Greek kéntēsis a pricking =kentē-, variant s. of kenteîn to prick + -sis -sis; compare center)]

amniocentesis

, amnion - Amniocentesis is formed by amnion, the innermost membrane enclosing a fetus, and Greek kentesis, "pricking."
See also related terms for mammal.

amniocentesis

Withdrawal of some of the amniotic fluid surrounding the fetus in order to diagnose congenital abnormalities.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.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 abnormalitiesamniocentesis - (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
maternity, pregnancy, gestation - the state of being pregnant; the period from conception to birth when a woman carries a developing fetus in her uterus
Translations

amniocentesis

[ˌæmnɪəʊsenˈtiːsɪs] N (amniocenteses (pl)) [ˌæmnɪəʊsənˈtiːsiːz]amniocentesis f

amniocentesis

[ˌæmniəʊsɛnˈtiːsɪs] namniocentèse f

amniocentesis

n (Med) → Fruchtwasseruntersuchung f, → Amniozentese f (spec)

am·ni·o·cen·te·sis

n. amniocentesis, punción del útero para obtener líquido amniótico.

amniocentesis

n (pl -ses) amniocentesis f
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