Meaning of amniocentesis in English:


Pronunciation /ˌamnɪəʊsɛnˈtiːsɪs/

Translate amniocentesis into Spanish

nounplural noun amniocenteses/ˌamnɪəʊsɛnˈtiːsiːz/

  • A process in which amniotic fluid is sampled using a hollow needle inserted into the uterus, to screen for abnormalities in the developing fetus.

    ‘The whole process is called an amniocentesis, or amnio, in the vernacular.’
    • ‘In amniocentesis, the health care provider inserts a thin needle through the woman's abdomen.’
    • ‘Between the 15th and 18th weeks of pregnancy, the mother can also have an amniocentesis to screen for the Tay-Sachs gene.’
    • ‘With Down syndrome, an amniocentesis or a blood test can't tell us how severe the disabilities might be.’
    • ‘The purpose of the serial amniocentesis is to prevent preterm labor and thereby extend the pregnancy.’
    • ‘The karyotype obtained from an amniocentesis was normal.’
    • ‘The side-effects of an amniocentesis can include some mild pain or cramps in the tummy.’
    • ‘If the father cannot be found or refuses to take part it is possible to test the fetus by amniocentesis.’
    • ‘An alternative method of viewing this is that 1 in 57 amniocenteses resulted in a diagnosis of Down's syndrome.’
    • ‘Prenatal tests including amniocentesis and ultrasound may help to determine whether the fetus is infected.’
    • ‘That means that about one woman in every 100 having an amniocentesis will suffer a miscarriage as a result.’
    • ‘An amniocentesis was performed and revealed a normal karyotype.’
    • ‘Early amniocentesis offers a similar advantage, but the fetal loss rate associated with this technique is higher than that of chorionic villus sampling.’
    • ‘My husband and I stated that we would not undergo an amniocentesis and were given a highly sophisticated ultrasound instead.’
    • ‘The risk of fetal loss from amniocentesis should be discussed.’
    • ‘From the moment we saw the sonogram and read the results of the amniocentesis, the debate had been joined.’
    • ‘While amniocentesis can diagnose hundreds of diseases and conditions, it is most effective when the laboratory is instructed to look for a specific condition.’
    • ‘Occasionally, intersex conditions are diagnosed before birth, through amniocentesis, or occasionally, by an ultrasound.’
    • ‘But, the baby's fine, just too close to the interior walls, thus making an amniocentesis too risky for the baby.’
    • ‘Waiting two weeks for the result of an amniocentesis can be very stressful, even if you have every reason to believe that you and your baby are healthy.’


1950s from amnion + Greek kentēsis ‘pricking’ (from kentein ‘to prick’).