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Pap test

or pap test

[pap] /pæp/
a test for cancer of the cervix, consisting of the staining of cervical cells taken in a cervical or vaginal smear (Pap smear or pap smear) for examination of exfoliated cells.
a vaginal Pap smear used to evaluate estrogen levels.
an examination of exfoliated cells in any body fluid, as sputum or urine, for cancer cells.
Also called Papanicolaou test.
Origin of Pap test
1960-65; named after George Papanicolaou (1883-1962), U.S. cytologist, born in Greece, who developed the staining method Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for pap smear

Pap test

noun (med)
another name for cervical smear
a similar test for precancerous cells in other organs
US equivalent Papanicolaou smear
Word Origin
C20: named after George Papanicolaou (1883–1962), US anatomist, who devised it
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Word Origin and History for pap smear

Pap test


1963, short for Papanicolaou (1947) in reference to George Nicholas Papanicolaou (1883-1962), Greek-born U.S. anatomist who developed the technique of examining secreted cells to test for cancer.

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pap smear in Medicine

Pap smear (pāp)

  1. A smear of vaginal or cervical cells obtained for a Pap test. Also called Papanicolaou smear.

  2. A Pap test.

Pap test n.
A test for cancer, especially of the female genital tract, in which a smear of cells exfoliated or scraped from a mucosal surface is stained with Papanicolaou stain and examined under a microscope for pathological changes. Also called smear test.

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pap smear in Science
Pap smear
A screening test, especially for cervical cancer, in which a smear of cells scraped from the cervix or vagina is treated with a chemical stain and examined under a microscope for pathological changes. Pap smears are performed routinely during gynecological exams.
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