amniocentesis meaning

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  • Noun: amniocentesis (amniocenteses)  `amneeowsen'teesis
    1. (pregnancy) extraction by centesis of amniotic fluid from a pregnant woman (after the 15th week of pregnancy) to aid in the diagnosis of foetal abnormalities
      - amnio

    Derived forms: amniocenteses

    Type of: centesis, prenatal diagnosis

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  • [Medicine]
    Percutaneous transabdominal puncture of the uterus during pregnancy to obtain amniotic fluid. It is commonly used for fetal karyotype determination in order to diagnose abnormal fetal conditions. n pl -te·ses : the surgical insertion of a hollow needle through the abdominal wall and into the uterus of a pregnant female to obtain amniotic fluid esp. to examine the fetal chromosomes for an abnormality and for the determination of sex


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  1. amniocentesis is the removal of fluid from the amniotic sac.
  2. amniocentesis should be done by a physician skilled in the technique, after the patient has had appropriate counseling and has given her informed consent.
  3. after amniocentesis and prenatal counseling, the couple chose to terminate the pregnancy
  4. karyotyping for adanced maternal age was performed by amniocentesis and demonstrated a normal male karyotype ( 46 xy with g-banding)
  5. Amniocentesis is a procedure to determine whether a fetus is healthy.

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