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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How to use Pap smear in a sentence
Robyn was in her senior year of college in January 2008 when she found out she had an abnormal Pap smear.
Erica was 22 when her doctor called her and said she had an abnormal Pap smear.