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 amniocent&emacron;sis : amnion + Greek kent&emacron;sis, act of pricking (from kentein, to prick; see kent- in Indo-European roots).
From amnio(n) + -centesis.