amniocentesis /ˌamnɪəʊsɛnˈtiːsɪs/

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a process in which amniotic fluid is sampled using a hollow needle inserted into the uterus, to screen for abnormalities in the developing fetus.
– origin 1950s: from amnion + Greek kentēsis ‘pricking’ (from kentein ‘to prick’).

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