amniocentesis

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Etymology[edit]

From amnio(n) +‎ -centesis.

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  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˌamnɪə(ʊ)sɛnˈtiːsɪs/
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Noun[edit]

amniocentesis (plural amniocenteses)

  1. (medicine) 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.
    • 1999, Matt Ridley, Genome, Harper Perennial 2004, p. 287:
      In most countries amniocentesis is now offered to – perhaps even imposed on – all older mothers, to check whether the foetus carries an extra chromosome.

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