Definition of Pap smear

1. Noun. A sample of secretions and superficial cells of the uterine cervix and uterus; examined with a microscope to detect any abnormal cells.

Exact synonyms: Cervical Smear, Papanicolaou Smear
Generic synonyms: Cytologic Smear, Cytosmear, Smear
Group relationships: Pap Test, Papanicolaou Test, Smear Test



Definition of Pap smear

1. Noun. (gynaecology) A screening test to detect pre-cancerous and cancerous cells by taking a sample (‘smear’) of cells from the cervix. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Medical Definition of Pap smear

1. (Papanicolao) a special stain performed usually on a smear taken from the neck of the womb - the cervix. (16 Dec 1997)

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Literary usage of Pap smear

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1. Health Status of Minorities & Low Income Groups by DIANE Publishing Company, Dept. of Health and Human Services, United States (1991)
"(12) In 1987, less than half of American women 18 years of age and over reported having had a Pap smear for early detection of cervical cancer within the ..."

2. A Lifelong Passion: Nicholas and Alexandra: Their Own Story by Andrei Maylunas (2005)
"Multiple Pap smears and a short interval since last Pap smear strongly reduced risk of cervical cancer in both populations, although screening ..."

3. Guide To Clinical Preventive Services by U. S. Preventive Services Task Force (1989)
"Creasman WT, Dombroski RA, et aL Evaluation of the atypical Pap smear. ... Pap smear and the risk of cervical neoplasia: quantitative estimates from a ..."

4. Clinician's Handbook of Preventive Services: Put Prevention Into Practice by DIANE Publishing Company (1995)
"In some areas, as many as 75% of women over 65 have not had a Pap smear within the previous five years. Depending on the technique used, Pap testing has a ..."

5. Ballistic Missile Defense Organization: Technology Applications Report (1997) by Pat Hartary (1999)
"However, during the past 30 years a screening test called the Pap smear accounted for a ... A Pap smear helps reveal the presence of HPV and helps a patient ..."

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