Pap test

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Pap test

(pæp) or

Pap smear

1. (Gynaecology & Obstetrics) another name for cervical smear
2. (Medicine) a similar test for precancerous cells in other organs
US equivalent: Papanicolaou smear
[C20: named after George Papanicolaou (1883–1962), US anatomist, who devised it]


(or pap′) test`

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]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Pap 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
diagnostic assay, diagnostic test - an assay conducted for diagnostic purposes

Pap test

[ˈpæpˌtɛst] Pap smear n (Med) → pap-test m inv
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Among 63,332 pregnant women aged 15-24 years with a live birth who were included in a 12-state Medicaid claims database in 2009-2010, 79% were tested for chlamydia, 72% were tested for gonorrhea, and 74% underwent cervical cancer screening by Pap test.
1) Although the benefits of screening have been apparent for decades, there have been continuing technical innovations and refinements of interpretive guidelines that continue to improve the sensitivity of the Pap test.
Developed to complement a Papanicolaou (Pap) test by confirming a patient's identity and helping physicians to proceed confidently with treatment recommendations, the myPAP test compares the DNA profiles of the Pap specimen with a reference DNA sample taken via cheek swab at the time of the Pap test.
The percentage of women aged 22-30 years who reported having a Pap test within the past year decreased from 78.
The Pap test can find early cell changes and treat them before they become cancer.
Between 60 and 80 percent of women diagnosed with invasive cervical cancer haven't had a Pap test in the past five years, according to the American Cancer Society.
Approximately 60 percent of women diagnosed with cervical cancer did not have a Pap test in the past five years.
The Pap test can find cell changes (caused by HPV) on your cervix.
1) Nearly one-quarter of HIV-infected women interviewed in 18 states in 2000-2004 had not had a Pap test in the preceding year.
A study of more than 2400 HIV-infected women in 18 states found that 23% did not have a Pap test in the past year.
Women should have their first Pap test three years after first sexual intercourse or by age 21, and women up to age 30 should undergo annual Pap testing.
A 59-year old physician friend of ours told us that her gynecologist sends her cards every year urging her to come in for an annual Pap test.