Pap smear

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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 in a Sentence

She has a Pap smear done every year.

First Known Use of Pap smear

1952, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Pap smear

George N. Papanicolaou †1962 American medical scientist

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“Pap smear.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Pap%20smear. Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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Pap smear

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English Language Learners Definition of Pap smear

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

Pap smear

noun
\ ˈpap- How to pronounce Pap smear (audio) \

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

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