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Topic: HOSPITAL

Date: 1900-2000
Language: Modern Latin
Origin: amnion ( AMNIOTIC) + centesis 'making a hole' (from Greek, from kentein 'to prick')

amniocentesis

noun
     
am‧ni‧o‧cen‧te‧sis [uncountable]
MH a test to see if an unborn baby has a disease or other problem, done by taking liquid from the mother's womb
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