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.
- Also called Papanicolaou test.
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How to use Pap test in a sentence
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British Dictionary definitions for Pap test
another name for cervical smear
a similar test for precancerous cells in other organs
- US equivalent: Papanicolaou smear
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