Papanicolaou smear


Pa·​pa·​ni·​co·​laou smear ˌpä-pə-ˈnē-kə-ˌlau̇- How to pronounce Papanicolaou smear (audio)

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Recent Examples on the Web The Papanicolaou smear is a screening test for cervical cancer. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 6 Sep. 2022

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Word History


George N. Papanicolaou †1962 American medical scientist

First Known Use

1950, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of Papanicolaou smear was in 1950

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“Papanicolaou smear.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

Papanicolaou smear

Pa·​pa·​ni·​co·​laou smear ˌpäp-ə-ˈnē-kə-ˌlau̇- How to pronounce Papanicolaou smear (audio) ˌpap-ə-ˈnik-ə- How to pronounce Papanicolaou smear (audio)

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