noun, plural paracenteses [par-uh-sen-tee-seez] . Surgery.
puncture of the wall of a cavity to drain off fluid.
Also called tapping.

1590–1600; < Latin paracentēsis perforation, tapping < Greek parakéntēsis, equivalent to parakentē-, variant stem of parakenteîn to prick beside (para- para-1 + kenteîn to prick, pierce) + -sis -sis Unabridged
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paracentesis (ˌpærəsɛnˈtiːsɪs)
med the surgical puncture of a body cavity in order to draw off excess fluid

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paracentesis par·a·cen·te·sis (pār'ə-sěn-tē'sĭs)
Surgical puncture or tapping of a fluid-filled body cavity, especially the abdomen, with a hollow needle or trochar to withdraw fluid.

par'a·cen·tet'ic (-tět'ĭk) adj.
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