Pap test

or pap test

[ pap-test ]

  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.

  1. an examination of exfoliated cells in any body fluid, as sputum or urine, for cancer cells.

Origin of Pap test

First recorded in1955–60; named after George Papanicolaou (1883–1962), U.S. cytologist, born in Greece, who developed the staining method

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British Dictionary definitions for Pap test

Pap test

Pap smear

/ (pæp) /

  1. another name for cervical smear

  2. a similar test for precancerous cells in other organs

Origin of Pap test

C20: named after George Papanicolaou (1883–1962), US anatomist, who devised it
  • US equivalent: Papanicolaou smear

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