cytology

noun cy·tol·o·gy \ sī-ˈtä-lə-jē \

Definition of cytology

1 a : a branch of biology dealing with the structure, function, multiplication, pathology, and life history of cells : cell biology
b : the cellular aspects of a phenomenon, process, or structure
  • liver cytology
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
called also cytopathology

cytological

play \ˌsī-tə-ˈlä-ji-kəl\ or cytologic play \ˌsī-tə-ˈlä-jik\ adjective

cytologically

play \ˌsī-tə-ˈlä-ji-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

cytologist

play \sī-ˈtä-lə-jist\ noun

Origin and Etymology of cytology

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CYTOLOGY Defined for English Language Learners

cytology

noun

Definition of cytology for English Language Learners

  • biology : the study of plant and animal cells


Medical Dictionary

cytology

noun cy·tol·o·gy \ sī-ˈtäl-ə-jē \

medical Definition of cytology

plural cytologies
1 a : a branch of biology dealing with the structure, function, multiplication, pathology, and life history of cells : cell biology
b : the cellular aspects of a phenomenon, process, or structure
  • the cytology of cancer
  • liver cytology
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 LetterSeptember 1999
called also cytopathology

cytological

play \ˌsīt-ᵊl-ˈäj-i-kəl\ or cytologic play \-ˈäj-ik\ adjective
    • cytological examination
    • cytologic techniques

cytologically

play \-i-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
    • cytologically normal cells
    • a cytologically confirmed carcinoma

cytologist

play \sī-ˈtäl-ə-jəst\ noun


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