Pap smear

noun \ ˈpap- \

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

  1. She has a Pap smear done every year.

Origin and Etymology of pap smear

George N. Papanicolaou †1962 American medical scientist


PAP SMEAR Defined for English Language Learners

Pap smear

Definition of Pap smear for English Language Learners

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


Medical Dictionary

Pap smear

noun \ ˈpap- \

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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