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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]
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(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]
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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
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Pap test

[ˈpæpˌtɛst] Pap smear n (Med) → pap-test m inv
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Hologic commends the United States Preventive Services Task Force, or USPSTF, for retaining in their final cervical cancer screening recommendations released today "A" grades for Pap tests in women 21 to 29 years old, and Pap + HPV in women ages 30 to 65 years old.
The company said the US FDA has approved cobas HPV Test to be used as the first-line screening test for cervical cancer in women 25 and older using cervical specimens collected in SurePath preservative fluid, a collection medium commonly used for Pap tests. Persistent infection with high-risk Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is the principal cause of cervical cancer in women, with HPV implicated in greater than 99% of cervical cancers worldwide.
It is, thus, important to get take preventive measures and get Pap tests done.
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