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definition of the word amniocentesis

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Amnio-, from amnion, + -centesis

Singular
amniocentesis

Plural
amniocenteses

amniocentesis (plural amniocenteses)

  1. A procedure for obtaining amniotic fluid from a pregnant animal, by inserting a hollow needle through the abdominal wall and into the amniotic sac. Used in diagnosing possible genetic defects and/or obstetric complications.
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