[ dĭs-kăr′ē-ō′sĭs ]
An abnormality of nuclei seen in exfoliated cells, often cells from the uterine cervix, in which the cytoplasm remains unchanged but the nuclei exhibit hyperchromatism, irregularity or enlargement, or an increase in number.
Related formsdys•kar′y•ot′ic (-ŏt′ĭk) adj.
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