Pap smear

Pap smear
a sample of secretions and superficial cells of the uterine cervix and uterus; examined with a microscope to detect any abnormal cells
Hypernyms: ↑smear, ↑cytologic smear, ↑cytosmear
Part Holonyms: ↑Pap test, ↑Papanicolaou test, ↑smear test

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Pap smear UK US noun [countable] [singular Pap smear plural Pap smears] american
a cervical smear
Thesaurus: medical tests and examinationshyponym
Variant: Pap test

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Pap test or Pap smear «pap»,
a test used to diagnose certain cancers, in which exfoliated cells of organs, such as the cervix, stomach, or uterus, are obtained, smeared on a glass slide, and stained for microscopic examination: »

The “Pap smear” is effective in spotting potential cancers of the cervix (Harper's).

[< George N. Pap (anicolaou), 1883-1962, a Greek-born American physician, who developed it]

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/ˈpæpˈsmiɚ/ noun, pl ⋯ smears [count]
US medical : a test for the early detection of cancer of the uterus and cervix

She has a Pap smear done every year.

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ˈPap smear [Pap smear] (NAmE) (BrE ˈsmear test, smear, ˌcervical ˈsmear) noun
a medical test in which a very small amount of ↑tissue from a woman's ↑cervix is removed and examined for cancer cells
See also:cervical smear smear smear test

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • Pap smear — UK / US or Pap test UK / US noun [countable] Word forms Pap smear : singular Pap smear plural Pap smears American a cervical smear …   English dictionary

  • Pap smear — pap n a method or a test based on it for the early detection of cancer esp. of the uterine cervix that involves staining exfoliated cells by a special technique which differentiates diseased tissue called also Papanicolaou smear, Papanicolaou… …   Medical dictionary

  • pap smear — pap smears also pap test N COUNT A pap smear is a medical test in which cells are taken from a woman s cervix and analysed to see if any cancer cells are present. [AM] (in BRIT, use smear) …   English dictionary

  • Pap smear — Pap ,smear or Pap ,test noun count AMERICAN a medical test in which cells are taken from a woman s CERVIX to check for cancer. British cervical smear …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Pap smear — n [Date: 1900 2000; Origin: George N. Papanicolaou (1883 1962), U.S. (Greek born) medical scientist] AmE a medical test that takes cells from a woman s ↑cervix and examines them for signs of ↑cancer British Equivalent: smear test …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Pap smear — or Papanicolaou smear Sample of cells from the vagina and cervix of the uterus for laboratory staining and examination to detect genital herpes and early stage cancer, especially of the cervix. Developed by the Greek born U.S. physician George… …   Universalium

  • Pap smear — /ˈpæp smɪə / (say pap smear) noun a medical test in which a smear of a bodily secretion, especially from the cervix or vagina, is used to detect cancer in an early stage or to evaluate hormonal condition; cervical smear. Also, pap smear.… …  

  • Pap Smear —    The Pap test, a stain analysis technique for identifying atypical cells and malignancy in cervical tissue smears, was the invention of George Nicholas Papanicolaou (1883 1962). In the test he devised, a small spatula is inserted into the… …   Dictionary of eponyms

  • Pap smear — A procedure in which cells are scraped from the cervix for examination under a microscope. It is used to detect cancer and changes that may lead to cancer. A Pap smear can also show noncancerous conditions, such as infection or inflammation. Also …   English dictionary of cancer terms

  • Pap smear — noun Pap smear is used before these nouns: ↑test …   Collocations dictionary

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