Pap smear definition

  • noun:
    • A test for cancer, particularly regarding the feminine vaginal tract, which a smear of exfoliated cells is particularly stained and analyzed under a microscope for pathological changes. Also known as Pap test.
    • A screening test to identify pre-cancerous and cancerous cells by taking an example (‘smear’) of cells from the cervix.
    • a sample of secretions and trivial cells of the uterine cervix and womb; examined with a microscope to detect any unusual cells

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