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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Mansour explained that the early signs and symptoms of the disease are abnormal vaginal bleeding, abnormal vaginal discharge, pelvic pain, pain during intercourse, and it can be detected by Pap test or HPV test and prevented through HPV vaccine for those aged 15 years and above.
Pap test, or pap smear, or Paps, can spot pre-cancerous abnormalities in time to prevent cancer.
1) Since then, HR-HPV testing has been adopted into routine practice by many Pap test laboratories.
1) But CIN did not develop more often in HIV-positive women when researchers looked only at women with a normal initial Pap test who followed cervical cancer screening guidelines.
The Papanicolaou test, also called pap test or pap smear, can prevent up to 80 per cent of cervical cancers, and organised routine checks have reduced cervical cancer mortality considerably worldwide.
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.
5%, while the percentage of women aged 22-30 years who reported having a Pap test within the preceding 12 months decreased from 78.
found that Pap test use among women aged 30 years and older who have had a hysterectomy decreased from 73.
5% in 2010, and the proportion reporting having had a Pap test in the past 12 months decreased from 65.
has decreased more than 50 percent in the past 30 years due to the widespread use of screening with cervical cytology (commonly referred to as a Pap test or Pap smear).
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.