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amniocentesis
noun

How to pronounce amniocentesis:

Definition of amniocentesis:

amniocentesis (noun):
(pregnancy) extraction by centesis of amniotic fluid from a pregnant woman (after the 15th week of pregnancy) to aid in the diagnosis of fetal abnormalities.
the surgical insertion of a hollow needle through the abdominal wall and into the uterus to obtain amniotic fluid especially for the determination of fetal sex or chromosomal abnormality

Synonyms for amniocentesis:

amnio
prenatal diagnosis
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