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.
a vaginal Pap smear used to evaluate estrogen levels.
an examination of exfoliated cells in any body fluid, as sputum or urine, for cancer cells.
another name for cervical smear
a similar test for precancerous cells in other organs
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.
[pap-yoo-uh, pah-poo-ah] /ˈpæp yu ə, ˈpɑ puˌɑ/ noun 1. . 2. Gulf of, an inlet of the Coral Sea on the SE coast of New Guinea. /ˈpæpjʊə/ noun 1. Territory of Papua, a former territory of Australia, consisting of SE New Guinea and adjacent islands: now part of Papua New Guinea Former name (1888–1906) British […]
[pap-yoo-uh n] /ˈpæp yu ən/ adjective 1. of or relating to New Guinea or to . 2. noting or pertaining to the indigenous black peoples of New Guinea, characterized by a black or dark brown complexion and crisp, frizzled hair. 3. of or relating to any of the unaffiliated languages indigenous to New Guinea and […]
noun 1. an independent republic in the W Pacific Ocean, comprising the E part of New Guinea and numerous near-lying islands, including the Bismarck Archipelago, the Admiralty Islands, the Trobriand Islands, and Bougainville and Buka in the Solomon Islands: a former Australian Trusteeship Territory; independent since 1975; member of the Commonwealth of Nations. 178,260 sq. […]
noun 1. a native or inhabitant of . 2. of or relating to or its people.