Definition of Paracentesis

1. Noun. Centesis of the belly to remove fluid for diagnosis.

Exact synonyms: Abdominocentesis
Generic synonyms: Centesis

Definition of Paracentesis

1. n. The perforation of a cavity of the body with a trocar, aspirator, or other suitable instrument, for the evacuation of effused fluid, pus, or gas; tapping.

Definition of Paracentesis

1. Noun. (surgery) A medical procedure involving needle drainage of fluid from a body cavity, most commonly the abdomen. ¹

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Medical Definition of Paracentesis

1. Surgical puncture of the abdominal cavity for the aspiration of peritoneal fluid. Origin: Gr. Kentesis = puncture This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Paracentesis

paracarcinomatous encephalomyelopathy
paracarcinomatous myelopathy
paracarmine stain
paracellular transport
paracelsian method
paracentesis (current term)
paracentral artery
paracentral fissure
paracentral lobule
paracentral nucleus of thalamus
paracentral scotoma
paracentric inversion
paracervical block
paracervical block anaesthesia

Literary usage of Paracentesis

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Text-book of Ophthalmology by Ernst Fuchs (1911)
"paracentesis, or puncture of the cornea, may be made either with the lance ... paracentesis with the lance knife is made—1. In progressive ulcers of the ..."

2. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1884)
"The thirteenth paracentesis is performed, followed by the escape of ... A similar condition of the ear, the fourteenth paracentesis, and relief of symptoms. ..."

3. The Practitioner by Gale Group, ProQuest Information and Learning Company (1891)
"Haemorrhage in paracentesis Tympani-—Hilde- brandt records the following interesting case of injury to the bulb of the internal jugular vein, ..."

4. Lectures on Clinical Medicine: Delivered at the Hôtel-Dieu, Paris by Armand Trousseau, Pierre Victor Bazire, John Rose Cormack (1870)
"The Quantity of the Effusion regulates the time at which paracentesis in indicated.—The General Symptoms and Oppression of Breathing are Fallacious ..."

5. Diseases of the eye: A Handbook of Ophthalmic Practice for Students and by George Edmund De Schweinitz (1913)
"paracentesis Corneae.—The local application of cocain is usually sufficient, but in nervous subjects and young children general anesthesia may be necessary. ..."

6. Edinburgh Medical Journal (1876)
"But cases are occasionally met with where paracentesis fails, and to such the method ... It is, if properly carried out, at least as safe as paracentesis, ..."

7. A Text-book of Operative Surgery: Covering the Surgical Anatomy and by Warren Stone Bickham (1903)
"... of the fifth costal cartilage is much preferable. Preparation and Position.—As for paracentesis ... and other landmarks mentioned under paracentesis ..."

8. Nomenclature of Diseases: Prepared for the Use of the Medical Officers of by United States Marine Hospital Service, John Maynard Woodworth (1874)
"(paracentesis capitis.) paracentesis of spina bifida. (paracentesis spin ... paracentesis, Vesical. (paracentesis vesicae.) above the pubes. (Supra pubem. ..."

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