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Pa·pa·ni·co·laou test(pä′pə-nē′kə-lou′, păp′ə-nĭk′ə-lou′)
The Pap smear.
Papanicolaou test(ˌpæpəˈnɪkəluː) or
(Medicine) the full name for Pap test
(or pap′) test`(pæp)
1. a test for cancer of the cervix, consisting of the staining of cells taken in a cervical or vaginal smear (Pap′(or pap′) smear`) for examination of exfoliated cells.
2. a vaginal Pap smear used to evaluate estrogen levels.
3. an examination of exfoliated cells in any body fluid for cancer cells.Also called Papanicolaou test.
[1960–65; after George Papanicolaou (1883–1962), U.S. cytologist, born in Greece, who developed the staining method]
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|Noun||1.||Papanicolaou test - a method of examining stained cells in a cervical smear for early diagnosis of uterine cancer|
cervical smear, Pap smear, Papanicolaou smear - a sample of secretions and superficial cells of the uterine cervix and uterus; examined with a microscope to detect any abnormal cells