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paracentesis

Pronunciation: par'a-sen-te'sis

Definition: The passage into a cavity of a trocar and cannula, needle, or other hollow instrument for the purpose of removing fluid; variously designated according to the cavity punctured.

Synonym(s): tapping2

[G. parakentesis, a tapping for dropsy, fr. para, beside, + kentesis, puncture]

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