paracentesis definition

  • noun:
    • A medical process involving needle drainage of substance from a body hole, mostly the stomach.
    • The perforation of a cavity of this human body with a trocar, aspirator, or other appropriate instrument, the evacuation of effused liquid, pus, or gasoline; tapping.
    • In surgery, the perforation of a cavity associated with human anatomy with a trocar or other appropriate tool, the evacuation of every effused substance; the operation of tapping, in terms of hydrothorax or ascites. Variations of procedure tend to be specified by name, as cardiocentesis,paracentesis thoracis,paracentesis abdominis, etc.
    • centesis of belly to eliminate fluid for diagnosis

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