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]
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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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The purpose of the Papanicolaou smear test is to detect the precancerous cervix lesions before they become invasive cancer.
Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the main aetiological agent responsible for cervical cancer.4 Although the Papanicolaou smear test (Pap smear) can be an effective screening method,5 a vaccination programme along with screening can help to markedly reduce the incidence further as HPV vaccines help prevent infection against HPV, including types 16 and 18 which cause most of the cases of cervical cancer.6
To be eligible, they had to have an endometrial thickness of <6 mm, pass a Papanicolaou smear test and have no history of cervical cancer.