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cytology

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noun cy·tol·o·gy \sī-ˈtäl-ə-jē\

Medical Definition of cytology

plural cytologies

  1. 1a:  a branch of biology dealing with the structure, function, multiplication, pathology, and life history of cells :  cell biologyb:  the cellular aspects of a phenomenon, process, or structure <the cytology of cancer> <liver cytology>

  2. 2:  the microscopic examination of cells obtained from the body (as by aspiration or scraping) for diagnostic purposes :  exfoliative cytology <A Mayo study found that cytology is only 40 percent sensitive in detecting bladder cancer among people who have the disease.—Mayo Clinic Health Letter, September 1999>—called also

cytological \ˌsīt-əl-ˈäj-i-kəl\play or cytologic \-ˈäj-ik\play adjective <cytological examination> <cytologic techniques>
cytologically \-i-k(ə-)lē\play adverb <cytologically normal cells> <a cytologically confirmed carcinoma>
cytologist \sī-ˈtäl-ə-jəst\play noun




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