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.

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Origin of cytology

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

OTHER WORDS FROM cytology

cy·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 forms of cytology

cytological (ˌsaɪtəˈlɒdʒɪkəl), adjectivecytologically, adverbcytologist, noun
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Medical definitions for cytology

cytology
[ sī-tŏlə-jē ]

n.

The branch of biology that deals with the formation, structure, and function of cells.

Other words from cytology

cy′to•logic (-tə-lŏjĭk) adj.
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Scientific definitions for cytology

cytology
[ sī-tŏlə-jē ]

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