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- n. A medical procedure involving needle drainage of fluid from a body cavity, most commonly the abdomen.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The perforation of a cavity of the body with a trocar, aspirator, or other suitable instrument, for the evacuation of effused fluid, pus, or gas; tapping.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In surgery, the perforation of a cavity of the body with a trocar or other suitable instrument, for the evacuation of any effused fluid; the operation of tapping, as for hydrothorax or ascites. Different forms of the operation are specified by name, as cardiocentesis,paracentesis thoracis,paracentesis abdominis, etc.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. centesis of the belly to remove fluid for diagnosis
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