Pap smear


Pap smear

noun \ˈpap-\

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

Full Definition of PAP SMEAR

:  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

  1. She has a Pap smear done every year.

Origin of PAP SMEAR

George North Papanicolaou †1962 American medical scientist
First Known Use: 1952

Pap smear

noun \ˈpap-\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of PAP SMEAR

: 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 Papanicolaou smear, Papanicolaou test, Pap test

Biographical Note for PAP SMEAR

G. N. Papanicolaou —see papanicolaou smear

Pap smear

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Sample of cells from the vagina and cervix of the uterus for laboratory staining and examination to detect genital herpes and early-stage cancer, especially of the cervix. Developed by the Greek-born U.S. physician George Nicolas Papanicolaou (1883–1962), this technique also can be applied to cells obtained from other surfaces.

Variants of PAP SMEAR

Pap smear or Papanicolaou smear

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