the surgical procedure of inserting a hollow needle through the abdominal wall into the uterus of a pregnant woman and extracting amniotic fluid, which may be analyzed to determine the sex of the developing fetus or the presence of disease, genetic defects, etc.
Origin of amniocentesisModern Latin from amnion + Classical Greek kent?sis, a pricking
A procedure in which a small sample of amniotic fluid is drawn out of the uterus through a needle inserted in the abdomen. The fluid is then analyzed to detect genetic abnormalities in the fetus or to determine the sex of the fetus.
Origin of amniocentesisNew Latin amniocentēsis amnion Greek kentēsis act of pricking ( from kentein to prick ; see kent- in Indo-European roots.)
From amnio(n) + -centesis.