cytology

[ sahy-tol-uh-jee ]
/ saɪˈtɒl ə dʒi /

noun

the study of the microscopic appearance of cells, especially for the diagnosis of abnormalities and malignancies.

Nearby words

  1. cytokinesis,
  2. cytokinin,
  3. cytol.,
  4. cytologic smear,
  5. cytologist,
  6. cytolysin,
  7. cytolysis,
  8. cytolysosome,
  9. cytomegalic,
  10. cytomegalic inclusion disease

Origin of cytology

First recorded in 1885–90; cyto- + -logy

Related formscy·to·log·ic [sahyt-l-oj-ik] /ˌsaɪt lˈɒdʒ ɪk/, cy·to·log·i·cal, adjectivecy·to·log·i·cal·ly, adverbcy·tol·o·gist, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for cytology

cytology

/ (saɪˈtɒlədʒɪ) /

noun

the study of plant and animal cells, including their structure, function, and formation
the detailed structure of a tissue, as revealed by microscopic examination
Derived Formscytological (ˌsaɪtəˈlɒdʒɪkəl), adjectivecytologically, adverbcytologist, noun

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Word Origin and History for cytology

cytology

n.

1857, from cyto- + -logy. Related: Cytologist (1884).

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Medicine definitions for cytology

cytology

[ sī-tŏlə-jē ]

n.

The branch of biology that deals with the formation, structure, and function of cells.
Related formscy′to•logic (-tə-lŏjĭk) adj.


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Science definitions for cytology

cytology

[ sī-tŏlə-jē ]

The scientific study of the formation, structure, and function of cells.
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