noun, plural centeses [sen-tee-seez] . Surgery.
a puncture or perforation.
a puncture into a body cavity, usually to remove fluid.

< Neo-Latin < Greek, equivalent to kentē- (variant stem of kenteîn to prick) + -sis -sis

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centesis cen·te·sis (sěn-tē'sĭs)
n. pl. cen·te·ses (-sēz')
See puncture.

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