noun, plural par·a·cen·te·ses [par-uh-sen-tee-seez] /ˌpær ə sɛnˈti siz/. Surgery.

  1. puncture of the wall of a cavity to drain off fluid.


  1. med the surgical puncture of a body cavity in order to draw off excess fluid

n.1590s, from medical Latin form of Greek parakentesis “perforation,” from parakentein “to pierce at the side,” from para- “beside” (see para- (1)) + kentein “to prick, stab” (see center (n.)). n.

  1. Surgical puncture or tapping of a fluid-filled body cavity, especially the abdomen, with a hollow needle or trochar to withdraw fluid.
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