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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


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The surgical insertion of a hollow needle through the abdominal wall and into the uterus of a pregnant female to obtain fluid especially to examine the fetal chromosomes for an abnormality and for the determination of sex.

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  • "It has decreased the number of CVS and amniocenteses that I do by 30 percent," Philipson said.
  • The amniotic fluid of the control group came from amniocenteses for genetic screenings or analyses to check fetal lung maturity and showed no signs of bacteria even by...
  • And we didn’t even need sonograms or amniocenteses along the way to tell us that it would be awesome – we just, like, knew – and now here it is and we are just STOKED. for more
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