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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

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