cytology

noun
cy·tol·o·gy | \ sī-ˈtä-lə-jē \

Definition of cytology 

1a : 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

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Other words from cytology

cytological \ˌsī-tə-ˈlä-ji-kəl \ or cytologic \ˌsī-tə-ˈlä-jik \ adjective
cytologically \ˌsī-tə-ˈlä-ji-k(ə-)lē \ adverb
cytologist \sī-ˈtä-lə-jist \ noun

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In addition to her teaching duties, and despite not having the support of a research university, Yasui also embarked on her own research in plant cytology, the study of plant cells. Leila Mcneill, Smithsonian, "How a Pioneering Botanist Broke Down Japan’s Gender Barriers," 21 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of cytology

1857, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for cytology

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cytology

noun

English Language Learners Definition of cytology

biology : the study of plant and animal cells

cytology

noun
cy·tol·o·gy | \ sī-ˈtäl-ə-jē \
plural cytologies

Medical Definition of cytology 

1a : 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 Letter, September 1999

called also cytopathology

Other words from cytology

cytological \ˌsīt-ᵊl-ˈäj-i-kəl \ or cytologic \-ˈäj-ik \ adjective
cytological examination cytologic techniques
cytologically \-i-k(ə-)lē \ adverb
cytologically normal cells a cytologically confirmed carcinoma
cytologist \sī-ˈtäl-ə-jəst \ noun

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