Pap-test



[pap] /pæp/

noun
1.
a test for cancer of the cervix, consisting of the staining of cervical cells taken in a cervical or vaginal smear (Pap smear 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, as sputum or urine, for cancer cells.
/pæp/
noun (med)
1.
another name for cervical smear
2.
a similar test for precancerous cells in other organs
n.

1963, short for Papanicolaou (1947) in reference to George Nicholas Papanicolaou (1883-1962), Greek-born U.S. anatomist who developed the technique of examining secreted cells to test for cancer.

Pap test n.
A test for cancer, especially of the female genital tract, in which a smear of cells exfoliated or scraped from a mucosal surface is stained with Papanicolaou stain and examined under a microscope for pathological changes. Also called smear test.

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