Papanicolaou test

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Pa·pa·ni·co·laou test

 (pä′pə-nē′kə-lou′, păp′ə-nĭk′ə-lou′)
The Pap smear.
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Papanicolaou test

(ˌpæpəˈnɪkəluː) or

Papanicolaou smear

(Medicine) the full name for Pap test
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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.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
diagnostic assay, diagnostic test - an assay conducted for diagnostic purposes
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Bethesda System reporting rates for conventional Papanicolaou tests and liquid-based cytology in a large Chinese, College of American Pathologists-certified independent medical laboratory: analysis of 1394389 Papanicolaou test reports.
Papanicolaou test (abbreviated as Pap test) as a method is very useful for the early detection of cervical cancer.
The guidelines recommend that all females ages 25 to 65 undergo a papanicolaou test (also known as pap smear test) every three to five years, and all females aged 15 to 26 years receive an HPV vaccine.
Participants were asked whether they had had a Papanicolaou test in the past two years, whether they have a regular source of health care (family physician or community health centre vs.
It is according that annually 132,000 new cases were diagnosed and 74,000 deaths in Bharat, that is almost third of the worldwide cancer deaths [5] Screening of cervical cancer will be done by Papanicolaou test that is believed to be the gold commonplace forever.
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.
Accuracy of the Papanicolaou test in screening for and follow-up of cervical cytologic abnormalities: a systematic review.
Many different modalities for early detection of cervical lesions have been adopted, the most cost-effective being the Pap smear (Papanicolaou test).
Liquid-based Papanicolaou test (SurePath) interpretations before histologic diagnosis of endometrial hyperplasias and carcinomas.