Definition for PAR-A-CEN-TE'SIS, or PAR-A-CEN-TE'SY

PAR-A-CEN-TE'SIS, or PAR-A-CEN-TE'SY, n. [Gr. παρακεντησις; παρα, through, and κεντεω, to pierce.]

In surgery, the perforation of a cavity of the body either with a trochar, lancet, or other suitable instrument, for the evacuation of any effused fluid. – Encyc.

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