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Pap test

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noun
  1. 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.
  2. a vaginal Pap smear used to evaluate estrogen levels.
  3. an examination of exfoliated cells in any body fluid, as sputum or urine, for cancer cells.
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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.
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British Dictionary definitions for pap smear

Pap test

Pap smear

noun med
  1. another name for cervical smear
  2. a similar test for precancerous cells in other organs
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US equivalent: Papanicolaou smear

Word Origin

C20: named after George Papanicolaou (1883–1962), US anatomist, who devised it
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Word Origin and History for pap smear

Pap test

n.

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.

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pap smear in Medicine

Pap smear

(păp)
n.
  1. 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
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pap smear in Science

Pap smear

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