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.
queerRead more in this article about some frequently asked questions and fun facts related to our definitions.
Democrats vs. Republicans: Which Came First?Since Democrats and Republicans appear to have an inexhaustible appetite for enjoying political friction, it seems worth offering some insight on which label came first, in the hopes that each group can use it to browbeat the other. The short answer is that republican came first, but as with so many political issues, that does not necessarily mean what we might think. The earliest recorded …
Origin of Pap test
1960–65; named after George Papanicolaou (1883–1962), U.S. cytologist, born in Greece, who developed the staining method
Also called Papanicolaou test.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019
British Dictionary definitions for pap smear
/ (pæp) /
another name for cervical smear
a similar test for precancerous cells in other organs
US equivalent: Papanicolaou smear
Word Origin for Pap test
C20: named after George Papanicolaou (1883–1962), US anatomist, who devised it
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Word Origin and History for pap smear
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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Medicine definitions for pap smear (1 of 2)
[ păp ]
A screening test, especially for cervical cancer, in which a smear of cells exfoliated or scraped from the cervix or vagina is treated with Papanicolaou stain and examined under a microscope for pathological changes.Papanicolaou smear Papanicolaou test Pap test
Medicine definitions for pap smear (2 of 2)
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Science definitions for pap smear
[ păp ]
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.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary Copyright © 2011. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.