cytology

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noun cy·tol·o·gy \sī-ˈtä-lə-jē\

Definition of cytology

  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 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 —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

International Scientific Vocabulary


First Known Use: 1857

Other Cell Biology Terms


CYTOLOGY Defined for English Language Learners

cytology

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Definition of cytology for English Language Learners

  • biology : the study of plant and animal cells


Medical Dictionary

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 cytopathology

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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