Pap test

or pap test

[ pap-test ]
/ ˈpæp ˌtɛst /

noun

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.

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Also called Papanicolaou test.

Origin of Pap test

First recorded in 1955–60; 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) /

noun med

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
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Medical definitions for Pap test

Pap test

n.

Pap smear
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