cytology

noun
cy·​tol·​o·​gy | \ sī-ˈtä-lə-jē How to pronounce cytology (audio) \

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 How to pronounce cytology (audio) \ or cytologic \ ˌsī-​tə-​ˈlä-​jik How to pronounce cytology (audio) \ adjective
cytologically \ ˌsī-​tə-​ˈlä-​ji-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce cytology (audio) \ adverb
cytologist \ sī-​ˈtä-​lə-​jist How to pronounce cytology (audio) \ noun

Examples of cytology in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The World Health Organization suggests mass screening can currently be suggested for breast and cervical cancer, using mammography and cytology screening. Ran Poliakine, Forbes, 17 May 2021 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, 21 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of cytology

1857, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Cytology.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cytology. Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce cytology (audio) \
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

called also cytopathology

Other Words from cytology

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

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