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the surgical puncturing of a part of the body with a hollow needle in order to extract fluid
a surgical perforation or puncture.See also: Surgery
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|Noun||1.||centesis - (surgery) the act of puncturing a body cavity or organ with a hollow needle in order to draw out fluid|
puncture - the act of puncturing or perforating
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
arthrocentesis - removal of fluid from a joint by centesis
celiocentesis - 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
surgery - the branch of medical science that treats disease or injury by operative procedures; "he is professor of surgery at the Harvard Medical School"