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View in Spanish: Paracentesis

Paracentesis (PAYR-uh-sen-TEE-siss)
A procedure in which a thin needle or tube is put into the abdomen to remove fluid from the peritoneal cavity (the space within the abdomen that contains the intestines, the stomach, and the liver).

Source: National Cancer Institute Dictionary of Cancer Terms, available at www.cancer.gov/dictionary.