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Pap smear

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noun \ˈpap-\

Simple Definition of Pap smear

  • medical : a test for the early detection of cancer of the uterus and cervix

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of Pap smear

  1. :  a method for the early detection of cancer especially of the uterine cervix that involves the staining of exfoliated cells using a special technique which differentiates diseased tissue —called also Papanicolaou smear, Papanicolaou test, Pap test

Examples of pap smear in a sentence

  1. She has a Pap smear done every year.



Origin of pap smear

George North Papanicolaou †1962 American medical scientist


First Known Use: 1952


Medical Dictionary

Pap smear

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noun \ˈpap-\

Medical Definition of Pap smear

  1. :  a method or a test based on it for the early detection of cancer especially of the uterine cervix that involves staining exfoliated cells by a special technique which differentiates diseased tissue—called also , ,



Biographical Note for pap smear

G. N. Papanicolaou, —see papanicolaou smear


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